Thursday, June 26, 2008
Rounding up all the latest and greatest of our closest cousins (all humans are only about 0.2% genetically more closely related to each other than to great apes)
Sue Savage Rumbaugh is the leading researcher in ape language, and is featured extensively in Carl Sagan's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Savage-Rumbaugh has written extensively about her research, including her latest, Kanzi's Primal Language: The Cultural Initiation of Primates into Language.
I'm sure Kanzi and Washoe would be pleased to know that "Great apes should have the right to life and freedom, according to a resolution passed in the Spanish parliament, in what could become landmark legislation to enshrine human rights for chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos."