A 200 lb. primate is probably about as strong as a 300+ lb. human weighlifter. Not to mention the fact that primates have very powerful jaws and large, strong, teeth and nails. A very dangerous opponent to fight! The owner was a 70 year old woman. She didn’t have a prayer of hurting this animal with anything short of a firearm.
I think its worth pointing out that the chimp mentioned in the news article was probably out of shape, as far as chimps are concerned… I do not think it would be even remotely possible a human being to match the strength of a 200 lb wild chimp… No matter how much iron they pumped, with or without Steroids…
As far as physical strength of the arms and hands, no. Genetics works against us there. Our wrists and hands simply can’t compare.
Well trained humans can be amazingly strong, but we have certain weak points. Our hands and wrists are relatively weak and fragile in comparison to a primate’s. Our arms are smaller and weaker relative to our body than primate’s. Our legs are much stronger though. We have no teeth or biting power to compare with a primate’s. We do however, possess superior intelligence and tactics, as well as tools. A simple spear, knife, or stout club would make a human much more dangerous to contend with.
On the ground in an open environment, a human would have a slight advantage. In a close environment with things to climb on, the chimp would. Since the chimp would be lighter in comparison to it’s strength, it would be more agile and quick.