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February 1st, 2008 04:43 PM
herbmaven A paper that might interest some primate researchers.

Basically, they suggest it is unfair to test primates alone in a room with a human. There is lots of evidence for ape-to-ape social learning.

Not that I think bigfoot is an ape. But this kind of research may offer some good leads or considerations for social behaviors of BF and learning potential.

Comparing Social Skills of Children and Apes
A recent Research Article by E. Herrmann et al. ("Humans have evolved specialized skills of social cognition: The cultural intelligence hypothesis," 7 September 2007, p. 1360) claims that compared with 2-year-old human children, great apes have equivalent technical skills but inferior social skills.

Science 1 February 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5863, p. 569
DOI: 10.1126/science.319.5863.569c
February 2nd, 2008 04:39 PM
Andy I am very sure that adult apes have marvelous social skills--for the societies they belong to (their own).

Whereas human children have no social skills even for their own society, but are still in the process of learning them.....which is why parenting is such a hard job!
February 3rd, 2008 10:01 AM
Cynthia For those interested in learning skills of apes and humans, there is a really good research article Ethology magazine, Volume 112(12), Dec 2006 pp 1159-1169. The article, titled "Push or Pull: Imitation vs. Emulation in great Apes and Human Children" is a study of the learning abilities of both. The study involves all four great ape species of various ages, and human children of ages 12-24 months. Long story short, humans have a greater capacity for distinguishing between actions that get results and other actions. In other words, they they don't just imitate others.
February 6th, 2008 05:34 PM
Calvin Here is a link to a similar article.

I think that their tests of showing how to open things and seeing if they can be duplicated, could be a good test to determine the nature of BF intelligence.
February 7th, 2008 10:15 AM
Andy Yes.....but also remember that an octopus can unscrew a peanut but jar to get at food inside!
February 7th, 2008 03:19 PM
herbmaven Oh...THAT is amazing.