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How strong are chimpanzees?

An article in today's Independent on the problems faced by chimps in Africa as the result of human behaviour repeats the oft-quoted claim that these apes are five times as strong as humans.

I don't know where this comes from. A few months ago I did a search via Google and the only evidence I came up with was a comparison of human and chimp strength made at the Bronx zoo in in 1924. I think myself that it's another urban myth.

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John Buck on :

I have seen chimps (even females) snap, one handed, green growing branches a couple of inches in diameter that a person would be hard pressed to bend very far.

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