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Apes that much stronger?

  1. Aug 14, 2006 #1
    I was reading somewhere that apes liek gorillas,chimpanzees and orangutangs are like 10-12 times strongr than we are.

    Is that true, t,they say even though they're our size they can be up to 12 times stronger. Gorillaz are about our size but still can't see them being 12 times stronger. Chimps are little creatures compared to us.Can they really be supreme for their small muscle volume?
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2006 #2

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    Chimpanzees pull stength is indeed ten times a strong man's. But think, the Chimp has to live and move through the trees, and the man doesn't.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2006 #3
    Well I was reading on Google that Chims are 3-5 the stregnth of men.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2006 #4
    Primate physiology

    In my intro PHY course, the instructor pointed out that a longer lever arm for the primates arm explains the torque advantages in comparison to humans. However, I do not know whether primate musculature is significantly different from human muscle.

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  6. Aug 16, 2006 #5

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    Interesting little tidbit on this topic...
    http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a1_001b.html
     
  7. Aug 16, 2006 #6

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    About our size? Here's a picture I took at the zoo the other day...
     

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  8. Aug 17, 2006 #7

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    I wonder if Bonobos have a strength intermediate to that of humans & other chimps.
     
  9. Aug 17, 2006 #8

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    He looks pissed - like he's looking around for his waiter (how long does it take to pour me a beer?)!

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  10. Aug 20, 2006 #9
    Urang Utans are about four and a half feet tall but weigh in at around 165lbs. Where does the extra weight come from, muscle density. It's not hard to see why a gorilla is capable of inhuman feats of strength, if we met a Neanderthal we would consider it's physical strength extraordinary, but if you look at it's heavier bone structure it's not hard to see they had to support and undergo much greater loads and therefore they were much stronger.

    Gorillas can weight anything up to 600lbs and average the same sort of heights as humans, it's not hard to see where there strength comes from. Gorillas are considered quite placid and shy in relation to other primates, they have a bad press, especially when you compare them to the most agressive and dangerous primate of all:bugeye:

    Edited: wrong species, oops.
     
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  11. Aug 20, 2006 #10

    ZYes they are about our height and size. They're not huge or tall liek elphants, giraffes, or even nears. Blue whale,gorilla, human which one doesn't belong?
     
  12. Aug 20, 2006 #11

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    Google has a zoology section now? :biggrin:
     
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