Why Chimps are Handy But Bonobos Aren't
One of the species uses tools, one doesn't
A new study by Dr. Kathelijne Koops, a Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Zurich, has provided insight into the difference.
When environmental and social opportunities for tool use were ruled out as reasons, the focus shifted to young chimps and bonobos. Young chimps have an innate predispostion to manipulate objects, which explains later tool use. Young bonobos are more social, and would rather play with others or stay close to their mothers than pick up potential tools, such as sticks or rocks.