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Could a chimpanzee ever be guilty of murder?

That is one of the questions to be posed at the next Anstruther Science Cafe meeting, which is on February 26 at 7.30pm in the Conservatory of the Dreel Tavern, 16 High Street West, Anstruther.

A chimp on the Science Cafe's publicity poster

A chimp on the Science Cafe's publicity poster

Guest speaker is Lewis Dean, who researches the evolution of primate (including human) social behaviour, at the University of St Andrews. He has worked with a variety of primate species, including chimpanzees, capuchins and lemur, and is particularly interested in the evolution of human cognition and culture, and the role of culture as a second inheritance system.

The presentation is in a most unusual format: the trial of a chimpanzee for murder. Should chimpanzees have human rights? Could a chimp do a human wrong?

This show brings together expert witnesses, bickering lawyers and public audiences to explore the issue.