Chimp Champ: Ape aces memory test, outscores people

By Susan Milius, 15:58 PM April 15, 2008

OK, humanity: time to pull up our socks. In a test of rapid number recollection, college students were resoundingly outperformed by a young chimpanzee.


FLYING FINGER. A chimp learned the sequence of numbers 1 to 9 and then wowed researchers with skill at a memory test. To see a video clip of Ayumu demonstrating his memory skills, click here or on the image above.
Image: AP/Wide World; Video courtesy of Current Biology.

At Kyoto University in Japan, students and chimps saw an array of five of the...

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