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Animal Learning Study Sees Gender Difference

Young female chimps learn how to use sticks to fish for termites faster than their male peers, according to a report in the journal Nature. Researcher Elizabeth Lonsdorf studied a test group of wild chimpanzees from the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Similar sex-based differences have been seen in human children learning new skills. Hear NPR's Christopher Joyce and Lonsdorf.

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Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.