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    Examples of Kanzi's behavior:

    In an outing in the Georgia woods, Kanzi touched the symbols for "marshmallows" and "fire." Susan Savage-Rumbaugh said in an interview that, "Given matches and marshmallows, Kanzi snapped twigs for a fire, lit them with the matches and toasted the marshmallows on a stick."

    Paul Raffaele, at Savage-Rumbaugh's request, performed a Maori War Dance for the Bonobos. This dance includes thigh-slapping, chest-thumping, and hollering. Almost all the bonobos present interpreted this as an aggressive display, and reacted with loud screams, tooth-baring, and pounding the walls and floor. All but Kanzi, who remained perfectly calm; he then communicated with Savage-Rumbaugh using bonobo vocalizations; Savage-Rumbaugh understood these vocalizations, and said to Raffaele "he'd like you to do it again just for him, in a room out back, so the others won't get upset. So a private performance in another room was successfully, peacefully and happily carried out.

    Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has observed Kanzi in communication to his sister. In this experiment, Kanzi was kept in a separate room of the Great Ape Project and shown some yogurt. Kanzi started vocalizing the word "yogurt" in an unknown "language"; his sister, who could not see the yogurt, then pointed to the lexigram for yogurt.

    Kanzi's accomplishments also include tool use and tool crafting. Kanzi is an accomplished stone tool maker and is quite proud of his ability to flake Oldowan style cutting knives. He learned this skill from Dr. Nick Toth, who is an anthropologist with the Stone Age Institute in Bloomington, Indiana. The stone knives Kanzi creates are very sharp and can cut animal hide and thick ropes. * In one demonstration shown on the television show Champions of the Wild, Kanzi was shown playing the arcade game Pac-Man and understanding how to beat it.

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    I can certainly say that chimps are smarter than many of the members of this forum...

    On a serious note, chimps are smart and closely related humans. I don't how people can look at these animals and deny the existence of evolution or that we have a common ancestry.

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    Because people are not monkeys. So they've taught monkeys a few tricks. Dogs understand language too. Tell one to sit. Doesnt make us dogs. The fact that the monkeys have to have assistance from a higher being only lends credence to the biblical account which God places all animals under human care. But when u can mate with a monkey, then we'll talk seriously.

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    Originally Posted by Knicks4lyfe
    Because people are not monkeys. So they've taught monkeys a few tricks. Dogs understand language too. Tell one to sit. Doesnt make us dogs. The fact that the monkeys have to have assistance from a higher being only lends credence to the biblical account which God places all animals under human care. But when u can mate with a monkey, then we'll talk seriously.
    Why is a monkey and a man mating so important to you? That doesn't make any sense. Elk and deer can't mate.

    No one said people are monkeys. No one said we came from monkeys.

    Can't you at least appreciate the intelligence of a chimpanzee? It's much more than language.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Why is a monkey and a man mating so important to you? That doesn't make any sense. Elk and deer can't mate.

    No one said people are monkeys. No one said we came from monkeys.

    Can't you at least appreciate the intelligence of a chimpanzee? It's much more than language.

    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Why is a monkey and a man mating so important to you? That doesn't make any sense. Elk and deer can't mate.
    Because u believe we evolved from an unfounded common ancestor, no one will ever find. And because evolution makes it appear that we evolved from primate to human. Primates are monkeys.

    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Can't you at least appreciate the intelligence of a chimpanzee? It's much more than language.
    I appreciate all forms of life for what they are. Thats impressive. But a few impressive tricks is not enough to convince me monkeys is my peoples.

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    Originally Posted by Knicks4lyfe
    Because u believe we evolved from an unfounded common ancestor, no one will ever find. And because evolution makes it appear that we evolved from primate to human. Primates are monkeys.

    I appreciate all forms of life for what they are. Thats impressive. But a few impressive tricks is not enough to convince me monkeys is my peoples.
    It's like you haven't even tried to understand a single thing.

    Genetic drift and speciation are facts. They have been observed in nature. So what you ask as proof is beyond ridiculous and only further displays your lack of understanding.

    How about from now on stick to the religious stuff and don't bother commenting on the scientific stuff. Ok? It's obvious you don't want to learn.

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