Wednesday, November 27, 2002

That's an Ape, not a Monkey

"A public inquiry into controversial proposals to build a new primate research facility on the outskirts of Cambridge, UK, is set to begin on Tuesday."

Some professor once remarked that the greater apes (gorillas, chimps and orangs - our closest relatives) have the cognitive abilities of a five-year-old child, so we shouldn't be able to do anything to them that we can't do to children. I like this measuring-stick ;)

A quick Google search on "primate research" will give you a sense of how much work is going on in this area - and of the controversy involved.

And, finally, if it has a tail it's a monkey - otherwise, be sure to call it an ape ;)


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