Hey, Hey, We're the Monkeys

Hey, Hey, We're the Monkeys

Have you heard the news? It looks like Marcel can come out of retirement!

 

No, I do not mean revamping his modeling career, but rather start working in the weapons industry.

 Source: M. Haslam and the Primate Archaeology Group at University of Oxford

Source: M. Haslam and the Primate Archaeology Group at University of Oxford

While it may look like this little dude is just smacking two rocks together, our ancestors did a similar process millions of years ago to make tools and weapons. After hitting two stones together, little smooth broken fragments scatter all about creating a tool that can be used to help or as protection. A more recent example of this is hitting a hammer to an anvil.

When Tomos Proffitt and his team of archeologists were observing capuchin monkeys in the Brazilian rainforest, they expected the monkeys to smack nuts against rocks to get the food inside, but smacking two rocks together is a different story. 

But you don’t have to worry about monkeys strategically building weapons or tools to outsmart us. The monkeys don't seem to understand what they are doing. Instead of using the tools, they ingest bits of rock to consume the minerals or the fungus growing inside.

What can we gather from this development? First, that monkeys may be able to think on a level we didn’t consider possible. Second, we also understand how we are categorically different from monkeys. Millions of years ago, humans needed tools to survive. These monkeys, on the other hand, do not need to use tools to get by.

So while these monkeys are not quite smart enough to work for the Department of Defense, they may develop a plan in coming years of how to make rainforests great again and increase banana trade into Brazil.  

Remember to subscribe and ask questions!

Bummed Out

Bummed Out

Dive In

Dive In