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February 22, 2007

They Hunt With Spears

I wonder how creationists would explain this:

Chimpanzees living in the West African savannah have been observed fashioning deadly spears from sticks and using the hand-crafted tools to hunt small mammals -- the first routine production of deadly weapons ever observed in animals other than humans [...]

The landmark observation also supports the long-debated proposition that females -- the main makers and users of spears among the Senegalese chimps -- tend to be the innovators and creative problem solvers in primate culture.

Using their hands and teeth, the chimpanzees were repeatedly seen tearing the side branches off long straight sticks, peeling back the bark and sharpening one end, the researchers report in today's on-line issue of the journal Current Biology. Then, grasping the weapon in a "power grip," they jabbed into tree-branch hollows where bush babies -- small monkey-like mammals -- sleep during the day.
Not only does this reinforce the close genetic ties between chimps and humans, it also proves females are not just baby factories. As for females being dangerous violent bitches, that's another story.

It's always a good day when creationist and misogynist nonsense get skewered at the same time.

Plus, Shakespeare's Sister's hilarious take on the chimps hunting bush babies.


posted at 6:24 PM by Wonky Muse

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