chapter  III
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THE USE OF IMPLEMENTS (CONT.) HANDLINGOF OBJECTS

EXPERIMENTAL tests are not necessary in order to induce the chimpanzee to handle the objects of his immediate surroundings in a variety of ways. His large, powerful and flexible hands are natural links between himself and the world of things, and he attains the necessary amount of muscular force and co-ordination at an earlier age than the human child. His feet, although far from being "a second pair of hands ", can still be used in emergencies in which the feet of white, races would he totally excluded. His jaws and teeth can also be very serviceable, as is indeed the case among African tribes and perhaps other primitive peoples, though to a lesser extent than with the anthropoid apes.