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The List:5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About An Ape Revolution

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I have never seen the original Planet Of The Apes nor do I have any interest in seeing this interpretation. However with the movie out today. One may ponder the question “What If?”  Being 7 to 10 times stronger than a human of comparable weight, having 4 hands, and even their stupidest member still being smart… I’m sure we could deem this revolution, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

1) Apes are 7 to 10 times stronger than humans of a comparable weight, or as Bania puts it: “Apes are insanely strong. In a one-on-one they have us beat hands-down.”

2) They have four hands. While not technically true, apes’ feet are basically like hands, according to Bania. Their lower appendages are adapted to help them climb trees with ease. Additionally, their hands have “a have a reduced thumb and their fingers are longer, which helps them grip when moving through the trees,” says Bania. “You couple that with strength and it’s not a fair fight in the trees.” While orangutans are the only arboreal ape, giving them the best climbing skills, they are also the most solitary, so good luck getting them into any sort of infantry regiment.

3) Their army will be led by a chimpanzee. Chimps are exceptionally smart, which makes sense when you consider that they (and the more mild-mannered bonobos) are the primates most closely related to us (a 98.76 percent match by DNA). Chimps have to navigate complicated social structures in their groups. One might think that the 800-pound gorilla would boss his way around a group, but they operate in a single-male monarchy, says Bania. He would have no experience leading an army of other male apes (unless he had a WAC-equivalent composed of of bonobos—their social groups are female-led).

via The List: 5 Reasons Why We Should Worry About an Ape Revolution | Around The Mall.

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