Apes Are Getting Smarter Part 2

By - June 27th, 2011

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Are apes getting smarter? Well, some of these videos the 20th Century Fox research team put together certainly gets us wondering! In this latest video, from the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, chimpanzees show off  photographic memories so good they easily beat college students in memory games. In part 1 of “Are Apes Getting Smarter“, we saw amateur footage of a gorilla walking upright like a human, and of a chimp playing Far Cry 2, a first-person shooter. All three videos are from a collection of clips that served as research and inspiration for Rupert Wyatt the director of The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Rupert and special effects house WETA Digital used this research for a better understanding on the ways smarter apes acted, moved and behaved.

Full disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that my time, travel and accommodations have been compensated by 20th Century Fox for my participation in the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” campaign. Although I have a material connection to 20th Century Fox, any publicly stated opinions of 20th Century Fox and the film remain my own.

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