As reported on in The Daily Mail, it’s commonly known that, in terms of our DNA, the human race and Chimpanzees are extremely similar. According to evolutionists, there is a difference of only 1.5% in our genetic code. However, in regards to both our intellectual and emotional development, we have undeniably set ourselves apart from any other species on the planet. With reference to our ability to both craft and express ourselves through art, it has been previously understood that we humans are the only members of the animal kingdom to have a deep, intrinsic understanding of music, and more specifically, rhythm.
However, a captive chimp known as Barney might have knocked this conviction right out of the water. Although beating on tree roots and body parts does occur in both Apes and Chimpanzees, researches suggest that ‘for manual beating…to be compared to human drumming, it should at least be structurally even, a necessary quality to elicit entrainment’. Our mate Barney fits the criteria, offering up a drum solo that was ‘rhythmical…long-lasting and [has] dynamically changing rhythms’.
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