Are you smarter than a 5th grader chimp?

So, Planet of the Apes wasn’t so far-fetched, after all?

Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in two tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won.

That challenges the belief of many people, including many scientists, that “humans are superior to chimpanzees in all cognitive functions,” said researcher Tetsuro Matsuzawa of Kyoto University. (Story.)

Mercifully, Matsuzawa wasn’t working with Americans, I guess…

Thx to Dr. Mike Pecaut for passing this along.

Categories: Science/Technology

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  1. Adults’ minds are so crammed full that short-term memory can be displaced. They should have compared the chimps to children, who easily retrieve things from their comparatively empty memory banks.