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Said the Chimpanzee

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Researcher’s from the University of St. Andrews have published a paper in Current Biology which deciphers specific gestures that chimpanzees use to communicate.  The 66 gestures differ from the other communications identified in monkeys and great apes in that they are intentionally directed at specific individuals rather than messages sent broadly to a group.

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(Image Credit:Hobaiter and Byrne: The Meaning of Chipanzee Gesture, Current Biology, 2014/BBC))

Dr. Catherine Hobaiter, who led the research, determined the “lexicon” of gestures from over 5,000 incidents of communication.  Read more and see video of the chimps in action at the BBC.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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