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Welcome to the Authenticity of the Planet of the Apes WikiEdit

The Planet of the Apes series of movies and books is a fascinating bit of speculative science fiction. What would the world be like if humans were gone (or at best endangered), and apes had evolved, and become the dominant species? Even as a kid, I was fascinated by this premise of the Planet of the Apes. In creating this wiki, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the things happening in the real world that make the premise plausible.

Table of ContentsEdit

  • Ape Society and Behavior [1]
  • Usage of Tools [2]
  • Acquisition of Language [3]
  • Humans and Apes [4]

Section Index Edit

Ape Society and Behavior - This section examines the ways in which ape behavior has emulated human behavior, both individually and in their social interractions.

Usage of Tools - One of the first definitions of what it means to be human was that we were the only toolmakers and tool-users. Research has shown this to be false; there are any number of animals which use tools--crows, octopi, and of course, apes. Going beyond found tools, chimps have been discovered to fashion tools, and to pass this information down to their offspring.

Acquisition of Language - It was formerly thought that one reason why apes could not speak was because they lack the physical vocal capacity; this has recently been shown to be untrue. Looking at non-verbal communication, the example of Koko the lowland gorilla clearly shows that apes can have a significant comprehension of language, using American Sign Language.

Humans and Apes - In this section we will look at human-ape interactions, both good and bad.

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