A French university study has found baboons could very well have rudimentary reading skills. The baboons have been able to distinguish between actual words and scrambled letters.
Four-year-old Dan has an 80-percent success rate in identifying words and has reportedly learned 308 four-letter words.
An Associated Press reports makes this assertion –
“” The study shows that reading’s early steps are far more instinctive than scientists first thought and it also indicates that non-human primates may be smarter than we give them credit for. “”
The results of the study were published earlier this month in the journal Science.
And the best aspect of this story involves the testing methods used. The baboons were not locked in rooms and forced to engage in the testing. They could go into 10 computer booths any time they wanted to. Some worked more than others.