Monkeys share similar thought patterns to humans and despite the communication barrier, they think just like us too, according to a new study.
As our closest living “relatives”, scientists are intrigued by the process of evolution and have argued why all primates did not evolve into humans.
Speaking to Livescience, Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, said: “The reason other primates aren’t evolving into humans is that they’re doing just fine.”
This suggests that the intelligent species are thriving and surviving just as they are.
But with humans evolving from monkeys in theory, over the years the similarities have become increasingly clear with research shining light on new information.
Not only do the two have a similar way of thinking, the species “act like humans” too with countless examples surfacing on the internet.
An adorable video shows monkeys and gorillas behaving just like us, starting with two monkeys laying down on a bed and scrolling through a device – the familiar scene akin to millions of people around the world.
Another remarkable clip shows a little one even getting his beard shaved.
The smart animal can be seen moving its head around to get “just the right angle” in a bid to shave evenly all over his chin.
In fact, a clip gone viral even shows the cheeky primate wrap its face in a scarf after observing humans do the same thing to protect against coronavirus infection in India.
But the most amazing part is when the intelligent primate is seen playing table tennis with a human – the clip shows the back and forth game taking place.
Over the last few decades, there have been a number of studies conducted to understand the relationship between monkeys and humans, and how alike the two really are.
With monkeys acting like humans, a study also reveals the primates are even more alike than initially thought when it comes to their thought process.
New research conducted by UC Berkeley, Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University explores the thinking patterns of the animals.
The study involved 100 participants including indigenous Tsimane’ people in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest, American adults and preschoolers and macaque monkeys.
Research concluded all types of participants showed “a knack for recursion” – a method of problem solving, which means participants had a similar thought process to each other.
Sam Cheyette, a PhD student in Piantadosi’s lab and co-author of the study said: “Our data suggest that, with sufficient training, monkeys can learn to represent a recursive process, meaning that this ability may not be as unique to humans as is commonly thought.”
Monkeys were required to use a touch screen and memorise sequences, placing them in order.
In the remarkable experiment, monkeys, who lack mathematics and the ability to read, were able to arrange lists in recursive structures.
Piantadosi said: “These results are convergent with recent findings that monkeys can learn other kinds of structures found in human grammar.”