Talking ” apes are not just the stuff of science fiction; scientists have taught many apes to use some semblance of language. Researchers have catalogued body language in bonobos, The Human Evolution Blog and I have summarized the three most well-known “ talking apes ” in this post. of biological- genetic underpinnings for the gesture themselves, not As Professor Byrne told me, “[ there is] not much data on bonobos. Talking Apes. How natural selection reprogrammed the brain for language. David Ludden, Ph.D. Why There Is No Gene for Language. All human behavior is.