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Peacefulness in bonobos

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NSF Web Site March 7, 2011 Peaceful bonobos may have something to teach humans Humans share 98.7 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, but we share one important similarity with one species of chimp, the common chimpanzee, that we don't share with the other, the bonobo. That similarity is violence. While humans and the common chimpanzee wage war and kill each other, bonobos do not. "There has never been a recorded case in captivity or in the wild of a bonobo killing another bonobo," notes anthropologist Brian Hare. Hare is an assistant professor in Bonobos and Chimpanzees Download video Enlarge image Brian Hare, assistant About Science Nation Get eMail Updates Contact Us More Special Reports Science360 News NSF Home Archive Virtual Reality Maps Virtual Self DigiMorph: Bringing Fossils to Life Orangutan Copy Cats Spray-on Solar Panels Evolution in Action Bonobos and Chimpanzees Robotic Arms Ticket to Ride Babies and Learning Lord of the Tree nsf.gov - Special Report - Science Nation http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/bonobo... 1 of 4 8/3/11 10:41 AM
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evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he and his wife and colleague, Vanessa Woods, studied bonobo behavior at Lola ya Bonobo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, an orphanage for young bonobos whose parents were killed for the bush meat trade. The war-torn Congo is the only place in the world where these endangered apes can be found. "We go to this sanctuary and we play these fun problem-solving games with them to just try and get inside their heads and figure out exactly how they think," says Woods. "They're wonderful animals to be related to. It's a shame so few people have heard of them." Woods is author of the book "Bonobo Handshake," a memoir about her experiences with these peaceful, playful primates, and some of the differences she noted between bonobos and common chimpanzees.
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