Thursday, February 22, 2007

Chimps Catching Up to Humans - Scientists Fear the Worst

Have you heard about this yet? Researchers have made a startling discovery in southeastern Senegal. To their amazement, several individuals of the species pan troglodytes verus, or savanna-dwelling chimpanzees for those of you who don't speak Latin, had been making spears to kill bushbabies (galago senegalensis) for food. Now, admittedly the chimps weren't chasing the bushbabies and chucking the spears at them. They were simply jamming the spears (or pointy sticks, depending on the spin you want to put on the story) into the holes the bushbabies sleep in. However, the chimps did test their spears to determine if they had struck gold (or blood) by sniffing and licking the tips of their spears.

"I was flabbergasted," said one of the researchers who discovered this very disturbing behavior. That's scientist-speak for "What the hell? These chimps are hunting with spears for Christ's sake! We're all going to be killed! Eeeeahhhhhh!" Shades of Planet of the Apes.

So they are now making weapons and using them to kill. Can WMD be far behind?