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Tim



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,05:34   

Just been reading the posts in the Uncommonly Dense thread about the evolution of altruism.

Came across this article and thought it interesting in this context.

 
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BBC

Study uncovers 'chimp cross code'



Experts studying chimpanzees while investigating the evolution of human social behaviour have uncovered their ability to safely cross roads.

They said the discovery has shown chimps' ability to cope with the risk of man-made situations.

The University of Stirling research was carried out with a small chimp community in West Africa.

It found the dominant adult males took up protective positions in the group when it was tasked with crossing roads.

The study at Bossou, Guinea observed the chimpanzees crossing two roads - one large and busy with traffic and the other smaller and used mostly by pedestrians.

The less fearful and physically larger adult males took up forward and rear positions, with the adult females and young occupying the protected middle space.

The study has built on prior research showing that adult male monkeys took similar action to reduce the risk of being attacked by predators when travelling towards potentially unsafe areas, such as waterholes.

Kimberley Hockings, who worked on the study, said: "Road-crossing, a human-created challenge, presents a new situation that calls for flexibility of responses by chimpanzees to variations in perceived risk, helping to improve our understanding about the evolution of human social organisation.

"Dominant individuals act cooperatively with a high level of flexibility to maximise group protection."

The findings have been published in the scientific journal Current Biology.

  
Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,07:49   

No 'why did the chimpanzees cross the road' wisecracks?

That would seem to have a pretty good mirth potential, I'd think...

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Tim



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,08:29   

Why did the chimps cross the road?

To further the study into socio-evolutionary development in human history ?

  
k.e



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,09:14   

Why did the chimps cross the road?

To see their celebrity uncle Joe, who appeared on the cover of Jonathon Wells (2006) The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. Regnery Publishing, Inc. Washington, DC.

If that doesn't make a monkey out of him..... nothing will.

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Bob O'H



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,09:18   

What I want to know is: what did they cross the road with?  And why are they so interested in road genetics?

Bob

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,12:48   

Maybe the bananas were riper on the other side? :)

  
Occam's Aftershave



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2006,13:40   

Nah, I've got it on good authority that bananas were specifically designed for the human hand! ;)

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2006,07:03   

Yes, but I'll think that you'll find ROADS are designed.

They are made from ground-up CSI powder.

*sits back, looks smug*


PS - I have more money that you all.
Of, I have to go. Michael Dell is calling me asking for help, *again*.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2006,07:16   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Sep. 06 2006,12:03)
Yes, but I'll think that you'll find ROADS are designed.

They are made from ground-up CSI powder.

*sits back, looks smug*


PS - I have more money than you all.
Oh, I have to go. Michael Dell is calling me asking for help, *again*.

Plus, don't you have that 3:30 impregnation appointment back at your houseboat? ;)

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2006,12:39   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Sep. 06 2006,12:16)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Sep. 06 2006,12:03)
Yes, but I'll think that you'll find ROADS are designed.

They are made from ground-up CSI powder.

*sits back, looks smug*


PS - I have more money than you all.
Oh, I have to go. Michael Dell is calling me asking for help, *again*.

Plus, don't you have that 3:30 impregnation appointment back at your houseboat? ;)

I thought of boats, you know. First, that is.

Mine is made of this thing that is stronger than diamonds that I also created.

Here's the Tardling for 3:30:



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"Richardthughes, you magnificent bastard, I stand in awe of you..." : Arden Chatfield
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"...it was Richardthughes making me lie in bed.." : Kristine

  
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