Researchers: Baboons Are Literate

    This is a handout photo from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium of one of two macaques that were captured by authorities Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, a day after their owned released dozens of wild animals and then killed himself near Zanesville, Ohio.  Sheriff's deputies shot and killed 48 of the animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions, six black bears, two grizzly bears, a baboon, a wolf and three mountain lions. Six of the released animals - three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys - were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo.  (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm  S. Jones)

    Grahm S. Jones

    After 300,000 tests, researchers at Aix-Marseille University in France are confident that baboons can tell the difference between real and fake words. The six baboons that participated in the study were able to identify the real words about 75 percent of the time, leading scientists to believe that primates are smarter than previously thought. The report, published in the journal Science, shows that baboons are good at finding patterns, which is what humans do when first starting to recognize words.

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