Thanks to bored squishy for posting:

More proof that monkeys are getting smarter. From US News and World Report:

It may be a case of monkey see, monkey do better – a new study finds young chimpanzees beating human adults at remembering numbers.

A team of Japanese researchers compared three pairs of mother-and-child pairs of chimpanzees who had learned how to identify the numbers 1 through 9 against university students who did a memory test involving numbers.

But here is the part that gets me:

“No one can imagine that chimpanzees — young chimpanzees at the age of 5 — have a better performance in a memory task than humans,” he said. “Here we show for the first time that young chimpanzees have an extraordinary working memory capability for numerical recollection — better than that of human adults tested in the same apparatus, following the same procedure.”

I can!!

The young chimps’ skill in remembering numbers is reminiscent of “photographic memory,” the ability to retain a detailed and accurate image of a complex scene or pattern, Matsuzawa said. This is known to be present in some human children, but then declines as they age.

The researchers concluded that the young chimps’ ability to perform better than humans on this memory task is “just part of the very flexible intelligence of young chimpanzees.”

I will try and remember that when they become our masters.

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