Monday 24 November 2014

Chimps raised by humans are no smarter

John von Radowitz

Published 12/07/2014 | 02:30

Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.
Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.

CHIMPANZEES raised by humans turn out to be no cleverer than those given an ape upbringing, research in the US has shown.

Genes largely determine a chimp's intelligence, a study has highlighted, and human intervention makes no difference to it at all.

Research into chimp intelligence could help scientists get a better handle on human IQ, say scientists.

This is because while genes also play a major role in human intelligence, factors such as schooling, home life, economic status, and the culture a person is born in complicate the picture.

Previous studies have suggested that genetics account for around a quarter to a half of variations in human intelligence.

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