Baboons are capable of so many things…
In fact only recently, thanks to science?
We are finding out just how much!
[via LiveScience] Baboons can master one of the basic elements of reading even though they have no linguistic skills, a new study suggests.
Baboons in the study were able to differentiate between words and nonsense sequences of letters, even sometimes when they had never seen the words before, researchers reported.
“We wanted to know whether they could actually master this task, which is quite complex,” study researcher Jonathan Grainger, of Aix-Marseille University in France, told LiveScience. “Our baboon specialist thought this was going to be impossible.” [...]
This result seemed to indicate that the brain processes that allow people to read are based on much more primal skills that expected. “They don’t have language and there’s no association with reading at all,” Grainger said of the baboons. When we read, “we are basically mimicking what we are doing when we recognize everyday objects, something the baboons do just as well as us.” [...] [Read More]
The fact that understand, know…
And LEARN our language?
Makes me a tad concerned about their intent when it comes to mankind.
After all, how long will it take their brilliant attentions to turn from our favorite four-legged companions?
[via io9] Baboons kidnap puppies and raise them as their own
Be warned, this video starts off horribly sad, but it’s still a fascinating behavior from one of our primate cousins. Baboons in Saudi Arabia kidnap feral puppies away from their packs, bringing them up in the baboon family.
As hard as this is to watch, I wonder if our own ancestors engaged in similar behavior during the early days of dog domestication. [Read More]
Will Baboons Kings start to kidnap US next?
You might think that is a funny question now, but just you wait…