Why Are Chimps Stronger Than Humans?
Even though they’re quite a bit smaller, chimps harbor exceptional strength. The reason why may come down to the difference between a Fabergé egg and a hand-dipped Easter egg: fine details.
Our muscles aren’t that much different in size from a chimp’s, but we have many more nerves feeding each one. This means we can exert much finer motor control and flex our muscles in many increments. Our motor control system also limits the degree to which we can flex our muscles in order to protect our fine motor control. A chimp has no such safeguard.
They also have longer muscle fibers (which can exert more force) and have been molded by evolution to maximize strength. For a chimp, with fewer nerve endings connecting to its longer muscles, it’s a more all-or-nothing extreme rage flex. I also wasn’t aware of their connection to Lithuanian knife smugglers, so watch out for that.
What would it be like to fight a chimp? One biologist described it like so:
Picture fighting a 300-pound olympic weightlifter with the reflexes of a hockey goaltender, whose main goal is to rip your face off your skull.
But can it master the fine motor control necessary to play Angry Birds?! I rest my case.