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Capuchins Don't Monkey Around

Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

We were once told that tool use is what separates man from the animals. Then it was discovered that many animals use tools. Now scientists have learned that some animals do more than just grab something from their surroundings that looks as if it would do the needed job.

Primatologists were studying tool use and selection among wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil. First they observed natural tool use among the monkeys. They noticed that when a monkey wanted to crack open a nut, they examined several types of stones. When they had a choice between a hard rock or softer sandstone, which would be likely to break, they preferred the harder stone after examining both rocks. One monkey was observed examining two stones of the same hardness and then selecting the larger one. Then he placed a palm nut on a fallen log and cracked the nut open with a rock. Stone selection also varied depending on what type of nut was being cracked open.

Man isn't separated from animals by making or using tools. Rather, he is separated from animals because he was made to have a personal relationship with God. He is also responsible to God for his actions. This is why, when man first sinned, God promised us a Savior Who would defeat the devil and bring us salvation.

Prayer: I thank You, Father, that through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I have the forgiveness of sins and salvation. Amen.

Notes:, 1-15-09, Bruce Bower, "Capuchin Monkeys Choose The Right Tool For the Nut."

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