Why chimpanzees don't play baseball (at least, not as well as we do)

Good news for humanity's sense of shiny special uniqueness! Sure, other animals use tools. Chimpanzees and bonobos might even have behaviors that can be classified as cultural. But those damn dirty apes still can't throw a fastball to save their lives.

Becky Lang at Discover magazine has an interesting story on this research, which centers around the biology that allows fast pitches to happen, and how we developed it, while our closest relatives did not.

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  1. I'm not so sure I can play baseball better than a chimpanzee.

  2. No need for fancy motion capture analysis to discover the role of sinewy "elastic energy" in throwing; just rent this documentary movie!

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