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Q: Chimpanzee strength ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Chimpanzee strength
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: mihilism-ga
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Posted: 23 Aug 2005 03:36 PDT
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Question ID: 559145
How much stronger than us are chimpanzees?
Subject: Re: Chimpanzee strength
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 23 Aug 2005 04:00 PDT
Hello mihilism-ga

Thank-you for your question.

Unfortunately there is no definitive answer to your questions as there
is no such thing as a standard human or chimpanzee and we can only
work in averages.

In other words one human can be stronger than another human and
similarly one chimpanzee can be stronger than another; if we compared
the weaker chimpanzee with the stronger human we would get a different
answer than if we did the opposite comparison.

We can though state that chimpanzees are stronger than humans and that
they are in general 4-7 times stronger than us.

"Chimpanzees are 98.76% identical to us genetically. Chimpanzees are
actually closer to humans genetically than to gorillas.

Chimpanzee behavior is a lot like our own. But just as there are
differences between human cultures, there are physical, cultural, and
behavioral differences that exist between our two species as well.

Chimpanzees are much stronger than humans are; 5-7 times as strong in
overall strength. Their bones are denser, and their skin is tougher
than ours. The density of their bones is one reason why chimpanzees
stay away from water; they are not buoyant and they sink. Chimpanzees
are also more agile. They spend much of their day in trees and require
greater balance and agility than humans."

"They may be a bit smaller than humans on average, but chimpanzees are
much stronger than us and, when they are feeling aggressive, they are
quite capable of harming people."

"Chimpanzees are four times stronger than humans. They are very smart.
They can be capable of aggression. There is no formula answer for this
question," says Landau (director of ChimpanZoo)

"[Chimpanzees] are wild not domesticated animals and they are very
strong ? even female chimpanzees are five times stronger than human

"Muscles in chimpanzees and humans are similar, so we should be
capable of the same actions. Yet an average 1.5-meter, 45kg chimp is
much stronger than a typically larger human. While working in a lab,
Gonzales says, he saw chimps who could crush truck tires with their

"By age five they [chimpanzees] are stronger than most human adults."

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