Pound for pound, our closest cousins in the animal kingdom are about 1.35 times more powerful than humans, according to the first study to compare the underlying biology and mechanics of chimpanzee muscle to human muscle, along with reviewing previous research on the topic.
The notion that chimpanzees and other apes have superhuman strength dates back first to tall tales from European explorers in sub-Saharan Africa in the early 19th century and then to research in the 1920s by biologist John Bauman, who studied chimps in zoos . O’Neill’s group reviewed even more recent, laboratory-controlled studies on chimpanzee mass-specific muscle performance and found that, on average, the animals outperformed humans by a factor of approximately 1.5 in tasks involving pulling and jumping.
“One of the advantages of our approach is that we avoid all the complexities involved in trying to elicit maximal performance from a chimpanzee of unknown motivation or interest, and instead gets right to the measurement of the muscle tissue,” O’Neill told Live Science.
How much can a chimp bench?
Consider that a large human can bench-press 250 pounds. If the “five to eight times” figure were true, that would make a large chimpanzee capable of bench- pressing 1 ton. It’s just the sort of factoid the zoo staff might tell you to keep you from knocking on the glass.
Can a chimp rip your arm off?
A chimp could certainly cause serious injuries to a human’s arms but it is unlikely that it would actually tear off an arm or leg unless it was using it’s teeth. No, a study at the University of Arizona found that chimps have more fast-twitch muscle than slow-twitch muscle.
Can a strong human beat a chimp?
A new survey has found that 22 per cent of men could defeat a chimp in combat, with a similar number backing themselves to come out on top while wrestling lethal king cobras. Experts say males would stand little chance against chimpanzees, which are four times stronger than humans because of their denser muscle fibre.
Are chimps stronger than strongmen?
Chimps are about 2–3 times stronger then humans of the same weight. But the strongest man in the world weights like 300 pounds and maybe 8 times stronger then the average human. This strength difference could be crucial. Think of Oberyn vs the Mountain!!
July 2, 2012 — The mauling of Texas graduate student Andrew Oberle by two chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa Thursday was a reminder that in strength, size might not matter.
But in no way do humans compare with a chimps’ sheer strength and the few percentage points in which the two differ are extreme, many experts say. “It’s the closest thing we know to human warfare” when a chimp is provoked, said Steve Ross, director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study of Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Indeed, chimpanzees have been shown to be about four times as strong as humans comparable in size, according to evolutionary biologist Alan Walker , formerly of Pennsylvania State University. Chimpanzees have a wide range of emotions and they are similar to what humans experience, yet they are known to have erratic and unpredictable impulses, Ross said.
The apes are in fact at least four times as strong as humans, according to biologist Alan Walker, formerly of Pennsylvania State University. In chimps, the muscle fibres closest to the bones – deemed to be the source of strength – are much longer and more dense.
Research from primatologist Jane Goodall showed chimps have “an appetite” for killing rivals, “akin to predation”. In 2016, footage filmed at Twycross Zoo, in Atherstone, showed the moment two ‘naked apes’ took on 12 others.
Theres this idea out there that chimpanzees are superhuman strong, says Matthew ONeill at the University of Arizona in Phoenix. Yet his teams experiments and computer models show that a chimpanzee muscle is only about a third stronger than a human one of the same size.
To create an accurate computer model of how chimps walk, the researchers needed to find out whether their muscles really are exceptionally strong. So they removed small samples of leg muscle from three chimps under general anaesthetic and measured the strength of individual fibres.
His findings suggest that other apes have similar muscle strength to chimpanzees. “Humans are the odd ones,” he says.O’Neill’s team has been studying the evolution of upright walking. To create an accurate computer model of how chimps walk, the researchers needed to find out whether their muscles really are exceptionally strong. So they removed small samples of leg muscle from three chimps under general anaesthetic and measured the strength of individual fibres.The same procedure is used to study human muscles. Comparing the results with the many studies on those revealed that, contrary to the claims of several other studies, there is nothing special about chimp muscle. “Chimpanzee muscle is really no different than human muscle in terms of the force that individual fibres exert,” says O’Neill.