Chimp-dictionary: Scientists decode gestures of our closest relatives
18. July 2014
Although our closest relatives cannot speak, they consciously use gestures to communicate with their own kind. Scientists of the Scottish university St. Andrews have developed a dictionary containing the main gestures of chimpanzees. They spent 18 months in the rain forest of Uganda observing 80 wild chimpanzees, analyzing their gestures: The result is a dictionary that explains 36 gestures: A breakthrough in primate research, as scientists may be able to use these results to draw conclusions regarding human evolution. If you want to know more about the dictionary and gestures of chimpanzees, check out kurier.at (German).