Friday, February 23, 2007

for first time, chimps seen making pencils

Language Log: for first time, chimps seen making pencils: "Chimpanzees living in the West African savannah have been observed fashioning what gives every indication of being pencil-like tools from short, thin sticks and then using them in a manner suggesting to researchers that the chimps are in the early stages of acquiring the skill of writing -- the first routine production of writing instruments ever observed in animals other than humans."

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