Monkey Sear, Monkey Chew (LIVE from PAX 2015)

When given the option between raw and cooked food, chimpanzees seem to prefer the latter, even if it means delaying their gratification. This leads researchers to believe that if given the chance, Chimps would cook their food, as humans do. Jeff thinks this indicates an impressive level of cognitive understanding in the animals, but Anthony is unimpressed by anything that just wants better tasting stuff.

When given the option between raw and cooked food, chimpanzees seem to prefer the latter, even if it means delaying their gratification. This leads researchers to believe that if given the chance, Chimps would cook their food, as humans do. Jeff thinks this indicates an impressive level of cognitive understanding in the animals, but Anthony is unimpressed by anything that just wants better tasting stuff.

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Today’s story was submitted by Anton Strezhnev: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/us/chimpanzees-can-cook-a-mean-potato-research-says.html?_r=0

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