The film “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, which is a remake of “Planet of the Apes” from 1968, brought the great monkeys back into the spotlight, making them the main heroes of the battle with humans.
According to the film’s storyline, these super-intelligent monkeys conquer the human race through their physical and intellectual superiority over humans.
One of the aspects that chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans from Planet of the Apes take advantage of is the power that clearly surpasses the power of man: they throw people at a distance of one meter, smash skulls and bones with their bare hands, they make jumps that seem to have very little in common with the laws of physics (especially in Tim Burton’s 2001 remake).
In the movie “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the power of primates has been drastically reduced compared to previous movies, and the jumps have been reduced to get as close to reality as possible while maintaining a certain degree of spectacle.
Looking at the movie, the question arises: how much physical strength does ape have above the physical strength of man?
In fact, it is very difficult to give the right answer, because there are not many detailed scientific studies on the real physical strength of monkeys. But let’s try to understand this question anyway.
Let’s start with chimpanzees. In 1924, with the help of a dynamometer, it was possible to establish that a chimp weighing 74 kg with one hand can apply a force equal to 384 kg.
The average person with the same weight shows a much smaller result – 95 kg.
Another chimpanzee, who weighed about 61 kg, generated 571 kg of force.
A little later it was also found that when lifting weights at waist level chimpanzees can lift at least 250 kg without much effort.
Thus, an adult chimpanzee is 2-3 times stronger than a man.
And this force is quite enough to cause a person quite serious damage. However, it is clearly not enough to throw away a person at 4-5 meters with one blow, as shown in the feature film about monkeys.
However, experts who took part in the work on this film explain that in a state of excitement and with a powerful surge of adrenaline, the power of animals can increase several times.
Now let’s talk about gorillas. A male mountain gorilla weighs more than 200 kg, reaches a height of about 1.7 meters, and has a muscular structure that is much more powerful than man.
Gorillas have a more developed musculature in the upper part of the body, as opposed to humans.
This is mainly because they use their hands to move. Also, they often take heavy objects in their hands to protect their flock.
It should also be noted that gorilla hands are about 30 cm longer than human hands.
Based on some studies, scientists suggest that the force of gorilla hands is at least 3-5 times higher than that of an adult man of the same weight.
The “planet of monkeys” is not only a deadly force but also spectacular jumps in the air. Can a monkey jump ten meters long in real life?
In 2006, a group of Dutch researchers measured the ability of vertical jumping bonobo, one of the most similar to primates chimpanzees, although smaller and relatively less muscular.
All the bonobos were able to overcome the height of 70 centimeters without any problems, while a person from a place can jump up by 30-40 centimeters.
But gibbons can jump to a height of more than 3 meters and overcome the distance of 10 meters between one tree and another.
However, it should be noted here that they can demonstrate such results not only because of their special skeletal and muscle structure but also because of their lower body weight than that of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
However, the fact that monkeys can theoretically break a person’s skull with their bare hands or jump 10 meters is not important for us, ordinary mortals, because in our world “ball is ruled” by humans.