The first two years of life are what make us smarter than chimps

 

The first two years of life are what make us smarter than chimps

The first two years of life are what make us smarter than chimps.

Despite sharing 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, humans have much bigger brains and are, as a species, much more intelligent.

Now a new study sheds light on why: Unlike chimps, humans undergo a massive explosion in white matter growth, or the connections between brain cells, in the first two years of life.