Chimps Can’t Cook, But Maybe They’d Like To

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We’re too sophisticated nowadays to laugh at chimps riding tricycles or smoking pipes, right? Well, maybe not entirely, judging by the three million people who’ve watched a chimp riding a Segway scooter…

The latest discovery: Chimps have all the cognitive abilities necessary for the uniquely human behavior of cooking. They don’t do it in the wild because they’ve never learned to control fire. But aside from that, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Academy B, chimps’ brains are pretty much fully equipped to take the great culinary leap our direct human ancestors did in the dim past.

To read the full article please visit The Plate.

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