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Wild apes and humans both use the same sign language

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Since humans and other apes use the same sign language, we can understand many of the gestures that bonobos and wild chimpanzees use to communicate.

In a video-based study, volunteers translated ape gestures and came to that conclusion.

Researchers at St. Andrews University carried it out.

It implies that the last common ancestor between humans and chimpanzees made gestures akin to our own, which may have served as the “starting point” for the development of language.

The scientific publication PLOS Biology features the findings.

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