Scientists find monkeys who know how to fish

@shakeroo (3990)
Malaysia
June 10, 2008 11:30am CST
They found monkeys that know how to fish and these are not people behaving like monkeys but real monkeys... Now, researchers say they have discovered groups of the silver-haired monkeys in Indonesia that fish. Groups of long-tailed macaques were observed four times over the past eight years scooping up small fish with their hands and eating them along rivers in East Kalimantan and North Sumatra provinces, according to researchers from The Nature Conservancy and the Great Ape Trust. The species had been known to eat fruit and forage for crabs and insects, but never before fish from rivers. Is this a form of evolution or what? What do you think of that? Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080610/ap_on_sc/indonesia_fishing_macaques;_ylt=Akv2u3A742UCEOMZo7Qda1ftiBIF
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@Henjin (81)
• South Africa
12 Jun 08
This is actually one of the theories of how humans acquired their intelligence. On a lighter note: if you thought racism was bad, you don't know how vicious speciesism will be :D
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
speciesism.... hmmm.... sounds bad
@qtfrog99 (279)
• United States
10 Jun 08
It does definitely sound like they have taken a step forward in the evolutionary chain of life. Makes you wonder what other animals or creatures could learn to do, I wonder if they learned this from watching humans or if they just went ahead and did it themselves.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
11 Jun 08
The last thing that we want is planet of the ape science fiction becomes a reality...
• Singapore
31 Jul 08
its just animals learning new tricks.
• India
18 Jun 08
Definitely a clear case of evolution! Where do you think Darwin Grandpa got his intelligence from! Species evolve with nature, according the change. It is a pity that man is the only aberrant being in this otherwise perfect system. And come to think of it, we call ourselves rational and consider ourselves to be superior to the lowly animals! Ah! The irony of life!
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
13 Jun 08
This is for sure survival behavior. Probably they don't have enough fruits in their area. They learned how to fish to say alive.