Apes seen making wooden spears, daggers and stone shovels

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They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom and now it seems bonobos may actually be far more human-like than we ever believed.

The great apes, which are cousins of chimpanzees, have been seen creating and using tools much like our early human ancestors.

Researchers have reported witnessing bonobos modifying branches to create spears and using antlers and rocks as daggers, scrapers, shovels and hammers.

Chimpanzees’ sophisticated use of tools – BBC wildlife

Charlotte Uhlenbroek demonstrates the facinating journey of human evolution as she visits the first tool users – the chimpanzees. 

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