Dec 12 2007   9:44AM GMT

Chimps forget to pretend they have poor memories

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Monkeys have finally slipped up. For years they have been deceiving scientists hoping to employ them as low-level data analysts and helpdesk assistants by throwing their own excrement at walls and generally doing a great impression of being stupid.

But a study at Kyoto University has found that young chimpanzees actually have a better numerical memory than human adults.

A group of 12 chimps was pitted against adults in a series of simple numerical memory tests, and were found to outperform their human counterparts for speed in every test, though they were no more accurate.

All 12 chimpanzees have gone on to achieve 10 A stars at GCSE. Scientists were at a loss to explain why they had performed so far below the average.

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