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Female Chimps More Likely To Play With "Dolls"

Illustration for article titled Female Chimps More Likely To Play With Dolls

Researches have observed that wild young female chimps , when playing with sticks, used them as "dolls" more often than the males, who mostly used them as weapons. Previously, this type of gendered play was thought to be limited to humans.


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This young chimp is:

-Holding a stick like food

-Holding a stick like a doll

-Holding a stick like a weapon

-Holding a stick like a conductor's baton

How do they know what a chimp holding a stick like a doll looks like?