Essay Why Chimps Do Things Like

1773 Words Nov 10th, 2016 8 Pages
Culture is a society’s shared and socially transmitted ideas and characteristics used to generate behavior and reflect behavior and other primates besides humans, like gorillas, chimps, and orangutans do, in fact, have culture. Chimps copy each other into adulthood developing cultural behaviors by imitating their peers and research on gorillas, chimps and orangutans have shown they use tools, communicate with each other and even mourn the deaths of each other. This research paper will explain how and why chimps do things like, imitate each other, mourn the deaths of their peers, communicate with each other and with humans, and create and use tools.
Chimps verbally communicate with each other with a series of different calls. They use alarm calls, mating calls, and greeting vocalizations (“About Chimpanzees,” n.d.). Researchers have identified more than 30 different calls and they can be heard up to 2 miles away (“About Chimpanzees,” n.d.). Each chimp has his or her own distinctive pant or hoot, so the caller can be identified (“About Chimpanzees,” n.d.).
Chimps also communicate with one another by using gestures since it is physically impossible for them to communicate by talking. According to Gill (2014), “They say wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a “lexicon” of 66 gestures.” Scientists discovered this by following and filming communities of chimps in Uganda, and examining more than 5,000 cases of these meaningful exchanges (Gill, 2014).…

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