Here’s an awesome article from New Scientist, and some video to go along with it.
In a revelation that destroys yet another cherished notion of human uniqueness, wild chimpanzees have been seen living in caves and hunting bushbabies with spears. It is the first time an animal has been seen using a tool to hunt a vertebrate.
Many chimpanzees trim twigs to use for ant-dipping and termite-fishing. But a population of savannah chimps (Pan troglodytes verus) living in the Fongoli area of south-east Senegal have been seen making spears from strong sticks that they sharpen with their teeth. The average spear length is 63 centimetres (25 inches), says Jill Pruetz at Iowa State University in Ames, US, who observed the behaviour with Paco Bertolani, of the University of Cambridge, UK.
And the method of procuring food with these tools is not simply extractive, as it is when harvesting insects. It is far more aggressive. They use the spears to hunt one of the cutest primates in Africa: bushbabies (Galago senegalensis).
Bushbabies are nocturnal and curl up in hollows in trees during the day. If disturbed during their slumbers — if their nest cavity is broken open, for example — they rapidly scamper away. It appears that the chimps have learnt a grisly method of slowing them down.
And, in what is thought to be another first for chimps, the Fongoli population have taken up aspects of cave living. They use the the shady interiors for socialising, taking siestas and picnicking, the researchers say. Pruetz jokes that she would not be surprised if the chimps began making cave drawings.
Chimps regularly seem to be discovered doing things once thought unique to humans (see Stone Age chimps were handy with a hammer). “Back to the drawing board again in terms of trying to define how humans are special,” says Pruetz.
There’s video of this at YouTube:
There are also a variety of ignorant comments:
Ummm… I don’t see any spear or an ape killing an animal with a spear 90% of the vid is an ape eating a lemur thing and as for the stick(not a spear) it was holding it was probably just eatingit for food YA TOOLS!
Are you kidding me. This video is claiming to be a chimp spearing his prey? The only problem is that there is nothing of the sort taking place. Evolutionist are really reaching imo.
whats that thing on its ass?
[New Scientist: Spear-wielding chimps snack on skewered bushbabies]