Continuing the question of why Bigfoot does what bigfoot does, we first question what lower life forms do what they do and then extrapolate the theory.
Do chimpanzees have a culture and social structure? The answer is yes. It is based on the Alpha Male order, and the mothers are responsible for training the young until when they can function on their own. After that it is learn what they can from the others in the group. Chimps can cooperate if they know each other, but if the other is perceived as a competitor, the cooperation is terminated.
So are chimps the norm for the ape family? The answer is no. Bonobos are quite different from chimpanzees. Bonobos are friendlier and less volatile than chimpanzees. They share food with their family and outsiders.
Chimpanzees cannot get over sharing food with others. They will share, but if there are two piles of food, the chimp will go for the larger portion leaving the smaller serving to the others. Bonobos will share their food and seem to have more concern towards others. This same trait starts in humans at about four years of age.
An interesting side observation was made while testing human children. Children were left with a treat in front of them and told not to touch it, the longer the child can resist, the higher the IQ seems to be in their adult years. In other words, self control and self discipline are signs of higher intelligence growth.
Bonobos are more cooperative than their cousins. They are more accepting even when an outsider Bonobo is introduced to the family. With chimps, they will protect members of their own family, but Bonobos will also defend other Bonobos from outside their group even if they are not related in any manner.
On the intelligence level, chimps can count and associate numeral symbols with the number of items. They can even arrange the numerals in ascending and descending order. They can even remember where a numeral was on a screen when the symbol is covered. And, chimpanzees can learn our language and recognize our words. However, the chimps have to be taught to do all these things. Whereas, Bonobos can do all of this and pick up English without being formally taught. One Bonobo being tested had a vocabulary of over 3000 words.
If chimpanzees, Bonobos and gorillas are so smart, what hinders their progression? Why are they not the second species in our culture? Maybe even above us like in Planet of the Apes? According to NOVA’s program (Ape Genius) following scientists testing the primates, it is their inability to control their emotions and their attendances to act on impulse.
In our next article we will discuss how this all relates to human intelligence, and alter how this all explains Why Does Bigfoot Do What Bigfoot Does.