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SMARTS Researchers: Baboons Are Literate Grahm S. Jones

Researchers: Baboons Are Literate

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.

April 12, 2012 6:25 PM