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Intelligent Apes Understand Language

Koko the Gorilla isn't the only Ape that understands language. Bonobos Kanzi and Panbanisha might have the highest level of language comprehension ever seen in non-humans.

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Kanzi and Novel Sentences

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In this exercise, Sue holds a welder's mask to her face so that she can't give any obvious nonverbal clues as to what objects she's referring.

Kanzi seems to demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of nouns, verbs, and their relationships sufficient to carry out requests given in new phrases he may not have heard before.

Kanzi's Sister Panbanisha Understands Language

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Kanzi The Toolmaker

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Kanzi demonstrates his ability to make stone tools, a skill that he learned by observing human researchers.

Bonobos: Language Recognition, Play

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clip from the BBC Documentary Chimps Are People Too

Kanzi Talks To Lisa Ling On Oprah

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