An­i­mal ar­chi­tects

How do chim­panzees build their nests?

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We’re not the only pri­mates to en­joy tuck­ing our­selves up for a good night’s sleep; ev­ery day, chim­panzees and other great apes care­fully con­struct nests to keep them safe and warm un­til morn­ing. A chimp’s nest is much more like our own beds than the nests of other an­i­mals; it con­sists of a firm foun­da­tion, a springy ‘mat­tress’ layer and a soft top layer. Baby chimps sleep in their mother’s nest, but they must be taught this im­por­tant skill when they’re weaned.

plenty of space hy­giene con­scious

An av­er­age chimp nest mea­sures about 1.5m (4.9ft) in length and just un­der 1m (3.3ft) across. Nests are built in dif­fer­ent trees ev­ery day. It’s thought that this might be for hy­giene rea­sons, avoid­ing a build-up of waste and par­a­sites that could make them ill.

Sci­en­tists now believe that high-qual­ity sleep may have enabled hu­mans to evolve

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