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Orangutans Show Engineering Skills When Building Nests
from BBC News
Orangutans show remarkably advanced engineering skills when making
nests, researchers say. The researchers, led by scientists at the
University of Manchester, followed and filmed the apes in the forests of
The team also took orangutans' nests apart to see how they were
constructed. Their study, in the journal PNAS, reveals that the
apes select thick branches for a scaffold and thinner branches for a
Roland Ennos from the University of Manchester, a senior member of
the research team, told BBC Nature that the behaviour revealed
the animals' "sophisticated tool use and construction skills." "They
show a lot of engineering know-how in how they build their nests," he
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