Chimpanzees love dancing, say researchers

Chimpanzees like to dance. They also like clapping, nodding their head, and tapping their feet to music. Researchers did tests on seven chimps by playing them piano music for six days. The chimps had a sense of rhythm. The music changed their mood. Male chimpanzees danced to the songs more than the females.

Chimpanzees liked dancing around six million years ago. They passed this like on to the earliest humans. A researcher said: "Chimpanzees dance…in the same way as humans." She added: "Listening to music causes rhythmic movement." She believes her research could explain why humans love dancing so much.