Take the quiz and see if you can recognize 10 common chimpanzee gestures

Do you speak monkeys? Take the quiz and see if you can recognize and understand these 10 common chimpanzee and bonobo gestures.

  • Humans retained understanding of chimpanzee gestures thanks to monkey ancestors
  • So, how much can you learn in this quiz that has been put together for New Learning?

It may seem strange to think that we can instinctively understand what a chimpanzee is trying to tell us.

But experts say humans have retained an understanding of the gestures our ancestors made, even though we no longer use them ourselves.

So, how do you think you would manage if you put it in place?

Take the quiz below and see if you can understand these 10 common chimpanzee and bonobo gestures.

Do you speak chimpanzee? It may seem strange to think that we can instinctively understand what a chimpanzee is trying to tell us. Take the quiz below and see if you can understand these 10 common chimpanzee and bonobo gestures.

What gestures do chimpanzees have?

Hands up

Big loud scratch

Directional push

Mouth blow

Object shake

The real climb

real genitals

real care

Achieve

Touch

bonobos

take care of me

take care of me

Get on my back

give me that food

let’s have sex

Get on my back

let’s have sex

take care of me

Get on my back

Get on my back

chimpanzee

give me that food

take care of me

Move to a new position

give me that food

let’s have sex

Get on my back

let’s have sex

take care of me

give me that food

give me that food

It was compiled as part of a new study that showed that humans can correctly identify more than half of the common signs of great apes.

One of the researchers, Kirsty Graham from the University of St. Andrews, said: “All great apes use gestures, but humans are very gesticulating – we use gestures when we speak and sign, learn new gestures, pantomime, etc. – which is really difficult. isolate the common gestures of great apes just by observing humans.

“Instead, by showing participants videos of common great ape gestures, we found that humans can understand these gestures, suggesting that they may form part of an evolutionarily ancient common sign vocabulary for all great ape species, including us.”

The discovery of gestures used by great apes provided the first evidence of deliberate communication outside of human language.

More than 80 such signals have now been identified.

The researchers launched an online quiz to test human understanding of the 10 most common gestures used by chimpanzees and bonobos.

More than 5,500 people were asked to watch 20 short videos of monkey gestures and choose the meaning of the gesture from four possible answers.

To the researchers’ surprise, the participants performed significantly better than expected, correctly interpreting the meaning of chimpanzee and bonobo gestures more than half the time.

With a more detailed description of what the monkeys did in each video, the people who took part only slightly improved their success rate.

This suggests that although we no longer use such gestures, we may have retained an understanding of this ancestral communication system.

Gestures included raising a hand, which for bonobos means “nursing me” and for chimpanzees “give me this food,” and a big loud scratching, which for both monkeys translates to “nursing me.”

It was compiled as part of a new study that found that humans who took part were able to correctly identify more than half of the normal gestures of great apes.

It was compiled as part of a new study that found that humans who took part were able to correctly identify more than half of the normal gestures of great apes.

The discovery of gestures used by great apes provided the first evidence of deliberate communication outside of human language.  More than 80 such signals have now been identified.

The discovery of gestures used by great apes provided the first evidence of deliberate communication outside of human language. More than 80 such signals have now been identified.

To the researchers' surprise, the participants performed significantly better than expected, correctly interpreting the meaning of chimpanzee and bonobo gestures more than half the time.

To the researchers’ surprise, the participants performed significantly better than expected, correctly interpreting the meaning of chimpanzee and bonobo gestures more than half the time.

There were also directional thrusts, mouth strokes, object shaking, stretching and touching.

Meanings for them included “get on my back”, “take care of me”, and “let’s have sex”.

The authors say it remains unclear whether our ability to understand certain great ape gestures is inherited, or whether humans and other great apes share the ability to interpret meaningful cues due to their intelligence, physical similarity, and closely related social goals.

AND quiz versionwhich does not collect any data, has now been posted online with 14 videos for people to test their knowledge of chimpanzee signing skills.

New study published in the journal PLOS Biology.

Evolutionary relationship between humans and chimpanzees

The exact time of the separation of the two lineages remains unclear, although it is believed that they may have separated as early as five million years ago.

The date means that humans may have had several common ancestors with chimpanzees, including the Ardipithecus and early Australopithecus.

The two lineages are thought to have diverged as one group of hominids preferred to live in the forests, while the other, our ancestors, lived on the plains.

A study of chimpanzee and human DNA at Arizona State University has shown a divergence time between the two lineages of five to seven million years ago.

However, other studies have shown that this happened much later.

For example, in a paper looking at 226 chimpanzee descendants, the discrepancy occurred between 7 and 13 million years ago based on generational time differences between species.