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Chimpanzees have policemen, too: study →
oldowan: Conflict management is crucial for social group cohesion, and while humans may still be working out some of the details, new research shows that some chimpanzees engage in impartial, third-party “policing” activity as well. Conflicts are inevitable wherever there is cohabitation. This is no different with our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. Sound conflict management is crucial...
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How A 'Theory of Mind' Made Humans Unique
A book review of The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds (February 9th issue) discusses the recent research on our primate cousins –apes that are a lot more socially intelligent than scientists once thought. The book, edited by primatologist Frans de Waal and ethologist Pier Francesco Ferrari, is a collection of papers presented at a conference they organized in 2009. Christian Keyser...
Scientists tickle animals to find laughter clues →
bonedust: oldowan: Thought it was just humans that are ticklish? Think again - scientists are studying how animals respond to being tickled in a bid to shed light on how laughter evolved. Tickling a gorilla is not for the faint-hearted. But keeper Phil Ridges is not worried at getting into the enclosure with Emmie at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The gorilla, now 19, was hand-reared,...