Are Chimps Super-Strong? By Brian Simpson

     It is holiday season, and time to take a breathe from exploring the conspiracy to destroy the white race, and focus on more fun things, like chimps. Are they super-strong? Super-cute, but are chimps incredible Hulks? Sure, chimps on a bad day have been known to tear of people’s faces, but …

“Chimpanzees do have stronger muscles than us – but they are not nearly as powerful as many people think. “There’s this idea out there that chimpanzees are superhuman strong,” says Matthew O’Neill at the University of Arizona in Phoenix. Yet his team’s experiments and computer models show that a chimpanzee muscle is only about a third stronger than a human one of the same size. This result matches well with the few tests that have been done, which suggest that when it comes to pulling and jumping, chimps are about 1.5 times as strong as humans relative to their body mass. But because they are lighter than the average person, humans can actually outperform them in absolute terms, say O’Neill. His findings suggest that other apes have similar muscle strength to chimpanzees. “Humans are the odd ones,” he says.”

     That may well be so, but do not mess with gorillas, if you see any while out walking the dog. There is no doubt that their strength surpasses all other primates:

“Gorilla strength to human strength, when compared, adult gorillas are four to nine times stronger than the average man. According to the Guiness Book of Records, a silverback gorilla can lift up to 815 kilograms (1800 pounds) of dead weight. Meanwhile, a well trained human could lift a maximum of 410 kilograms (900 pounds) - half as much that the gorilla can manage. This is, of course, a rough calculation. Looking at this comparison when of gorilla strength compared to humans, an experiment conducted in 1924 showed that an adult gorilla can throw with almost 450 kilograms (990 pounds) of force, whilst an average human can only manage a maximum of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) - almost five times less than a gorilla. Silverback gorilla strength is incredible, especially if specific actions are taken into account. Gorillas can, for example, break bamboo canes, which can be seen as exhibiting a strength 20 times greater than that of the average human. However, this figure should factor in the fact that; they first bite into the bamboo, weakening it, and only measures the specific force used in breaking it.”

     So, it is best to not fight over the bananas and just let the big fella eat them! (Yes, I am still celebrating the New Year, and cannot guarantee alcohol free journalism. I blame high school teaching. Only a few more years until retirement.)



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