Zoo staff Sholpan Abdibekova and Tomiris, a five-year-old chimpanzee, react as they watch a BBC environmental programme in a primate winter enclosure in Almaty March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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WASHINGTON: Scientists using homemade videos featuring a person in a King Kong costume have documented a remarkable cognitive skill shared by chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans: The human-like ability to recognize when someone else's beliefs are wrong.As individual apes were shown videos featuring a human actor and a costumed ape-like King Kong character, researchers tracked their eye movements. By studying these apes, researchers seek to learn which aspects of human psychology are unique to people and which are shared with other apes and thus likely were present in the common ancestor that lived some 13 to 18 million years ago before the split of the evolutionary lineage of humans and those other species, Krupenye added.
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