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    those varying

    The studies show that apes, like humans, show handedness - though for them right- and -left handedness is about equal, whereas about 85% of humans are right-handed. Studies showed that apes consistently using the same hand fished out 30% more ants than those varying between the two.

    1. What does "fish out" mean? a metaphor for "catch"?
    2. What does "vary" here mean?

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    Re: those varying

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/fish+out

    1. Definition 1 of "fish out." Particularly used when you have to reach into something to retrieve another thing. Like putting your hand into a hole to get some ants.

    2. They are saying some apes will switch between the two hands when fishing out ants. They vary which hand they use. They are not as effective as the apes who just use one hand.

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    Re: those varying

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    . . . . They are not as effective as the apes who just use one hand.
    Or as e-fish-ent!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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