*why* are apes stronger than people

It seems to be common knowledge that apes are pound for pound stronger than humans. What are the physiological differences that make this so?

Cecil has addressed this in a past column. Let me see if I can dig it up.

Can’t answer your question, but here you can see that it’s not just ‘common knowledge’, but documented fact …

Here’s thae article I was thinking of:


Cecil merely mentions “superior muscle structure”, though. There’s not much more detail available in that column.

Thanks. I’ve read that column but it doesn’t go into the why I was looking for.

Superficially, [url"http://friendsofwashoe.org/textsite/aboutchimpst.htm"]Friends of Washoe says:

Also, a more scholarly cite: