At the laboratory of Tetsuro Matsuzawa in Boston tests have been conducted on chimpanzees concluding in surprise that they could perform mental tasks that even for the best humans they would have been very difficult or even impossible. However the chimpanzee named Ayumu could very easily conduct those tasks.
It was shown that they have incredible short term photographic memory. Matsuzawa suggests that this serves chimpanzees in the wild to be able to make fast decisions, since it is a matter of life or death.
So the question is if we are indeed ancestors of chimpanzees how is it possible for us not to have those abilities, since natural selection is supposed to give the best features to the next generation? Unless we are not direct descendants of the chimpanzees but rather a different ‘version’. Food for thought…
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