Language Study

-Bonobos/Chimps and Neanderthals




What do we really know about an unrecorded history?

Who can judge the intelligence of the unknown?


Explore the

Following Resources 

and Ponder.

Can Species Other Than Humans Read?

Let’s Discover…

First off, what IS the alphabet? 

1) How are messages formed?

2) What are different types of alphabets?

3) What was the purpose of writing?

4) Who controlled it?

5) How did writing become mobile?

6) How did writing evolve?

7) How did the English alphabet originate?


Kanzi and the Lexigram

Watch the clip and ponder:

1) How does Kanzi use the lexigram?

2) Is this a form of reading or is this a product of training?

3) Can a lexigram be considered an alphabet?

4) How does primate intelligence compare to human intelligence?

5) Can primates use abstract thought?

Want more on animal intelligence? 

Check out these links:

An Article Disputing Animal Intelligence on Slate: What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us?

A Documentary from BBC: Super Smart Animals

An Article from the Daily Mail: Apes Never Forget an Old Friend

The BBC Website: Super Smart Animals



Can Neanderthal Intelligence be Compared to Human Intelligence?

Let’s Discover

Gieco Caveman Commercials 

What does the Geico Commercial imply about Cavemen?

What preconceived notions do you have about Cavemen and Neanderthals?


let’s spend a few minutes on some key vocabulary

Watch these Neanderthal Videos and Ponder:


Want More on Neanderthals? 

Check out these resources! 

Neanderthals and Music/Communication on PBS

Neanderthal and Human Mating on Daily Mail

Neanderthal and Humans Coexisting on BBC NEWS

Neanderthals and Art on BBC EARTH

The Last Neanderthal on BBC EARTH