“Chimps are no chumps: Give them an oven, they’ll learn to cook”

For those of you aspiring script writers or producers read this article for inspiration . . .  a premise for a new reality show – The Real Housewives of the Jungle or . . .  for the Food Network – Jungle Cook-off . . . or . . .  ? 

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“If you give a chimp an oven, he or she will learn to cook.”

“That’s what scientists concluded from a study that could help explain how and when early humans first began cooking their food.”

“This suggests that as soon as fire was controlled, cooking could have ramped up,” says Alexandra Rosati, an evolutionary biologist at Yale and a co-author of the study  . . .  First, the researchers gave the chimps a device that appeared to work like an oven.”

Before he ate them, Kanzi cooked the vegetables in a pan on his own.

“Before he ate them, Kanzi cooked the vegetables in a pan on his own.”

“When researchers gave them a cooked potato slice, they simply ate it. But when they got a raw carrot, they immediately put it in the device. And their preference for cooked food was so strong that they would hold on to raw potatoes, or carry them to other locations, in order to have them cooked.”

“The study also offers a reminder that very few behaviors are uniquely human, Wrangham says. “What we’re seeing here is that the chimps are surprisingly similar to humans, even though the whole process of cooking seems like something that is a huge divide between humans and other animals.”

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9 thoughts on ““Chimps are no chumps: Give them an oven, they’ll learn to cook”

  1. I learned that from Jane Goodall–every measure of humanness fell to her field observations.

    I haven’t heard this one, but am not surprised. These chimps (including all Great Apes) are quite clever. What they don’t have–it appears–is that sense of adventure that sent Homo habilis and Homo sapiens far and wide in search of the horizon. Chimps (and Great Apes) seem to like their habitat green and leafy.

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