Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 22:39 GMT
Ape 'learns to talk'
Kanzi has been taught many words
A bonobo who has grown up among humans may have developed the ability to talk, claims a research team from the US.
The findings, reported in New Scientist magazine, may come under fire from other scientists.
But they may further challenge the long-held belief that apes have no language ability.
Kanzi is kept at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and, like many other primates, can communicate by pointing at symbols.