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Bonobo apes may serve as evolutionary link for human sharing

January 04, 2013

Bonobo apes may serve as evolutionary link for human sharing

Apes and human sharing share a common ancestor?

Researchers at Duke University have conducted a study that asks who bonobos share with, friends or strangers. Bonobos, which are the most closely related primates to humans, are considered social animals like people. However, unlike mankind, bonobos were found to share with strangers more often than those they were familiar with.

Brain Hare, a Duke professor of evolutionary anthropology, believes that allow it may seem strange, there’s actually a reason for this bonobo behavior. “It seems kind of crazy to us, but bonobos prefer to share with strangers,” he said. “They’re trying to extend their social network.”

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