Chimpanzees like to copy human visitors to the zoo - Ig Nobel prize

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How good is your best chimpanzee impression? Go to the zoo and you probably wouldn’t be surprised to see people copying chimpanzees in order to grab their attention. But our latest research, which recently won the Ig Nobel Prize for Anthropology, suggests you are just as likely to see chimpanzees imitating the human visitors.


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  • Behavioral Sciences Biology


  • imitation, chimpanzees, cross-species interaction, zoo visitors, play, Ig Nobel
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publication or newspaperThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 19
Publication categoryPopular science

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