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Swedes win 'alternative Nobel' for study on chimps and humans

The researchers found that chimps and zoo visitors mimic each other to a surprising extent. File photo: AP Photo/Erin Conway-Smith

Published: 14.Sep.2018 07:22 hrs

A Swedish study on how humans and chimpanzees imitate each other has been honoured with an "Ig Nobel" prize, a Harvard University award which celebrates quirky discoveries.

"We didn't see anything implausible about our results, but we understand that the study can be perceived as comical," said Tomas Persson, one of the three Lund University cognitive scientists behind the research.

The Ig Nobel is awarded every year and singles out research which "makes you laugh and think".

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