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The Nation

A 4-year-old pygmy chimpanzee has demonstrated the most human-like linguistic skills ever documented in another animal, scientists studying the chimp say. Kanzi, as the ape is known, has learned to communicate, using geometric symbols representing words, without the difficult training required of apes of earlier studies, the New York Times reported. It said the chimp also has an extensive understanding of spoken English and is being examined at the Language Research Center in Atlanta.


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