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Chimpanzees, bonobos use gestures that have the same meaning


Want to say “hello,” but don’t know the local language? Try waving your hand. Such gestures, common among humans, are also surprisingly similar among chimpanzees and bonobos, our closest great ape relatives. Now, a new study has identified numerous gestures that mean the same thing to chimps and bonobos. Here are a few examples This new research suggests that these signals have biological underpinnings and could be inherited from our last common ancestor. Next up for this research team: is to look at if humans are good at interpreting these gestures.

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