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Koko the gorilla with researcher Penny Patterson and interpreter for the deaf June Monroe. Photo: Getty Images. Opinion: Koko was one of several great apes taking part in projects to see if they could acquire language of a similar complexity to humans. In June, the world learned of the passing of a great personality in language research . The said personality was not a human researcher but a non-human primate and long-term participant, Koko the gorilla . Over her years of involvement in research, Koko had gained the celebrity status many humans could only aspire to. This speaks to the general fascination for two topics - the cognitive abilities of our primate cousins and the way in which la... Full story

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