Chattin’ With Apes 

“Tearing strips from a leaf with teeth is a…gesture of flirtation.”

Have you ever wanted to talk to a chimpanzee or a bonobo? You might just be able to.

Humans share elements of a common language with other apes, understanding many gestures that wild chimps and bonobos use to communicate.

Various ape gestures, shown visually

Now if we could just figure out the gesture for “Please don’t rip my face off”.