Human activity not responsible for violence among chimpanzees

September 19, 2014 1:38 AM

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The striking similarities between humans and chimpanzees have been a continued source of intrigue. One such similarity is the war-like behavior observed among wild chimpanzees. However, are chimpanzees naturally violent, or have human activities put pressure on these animals, leading to increased violence? An international team set out to determine just that.

In a recent study, published in Nature, the researchers explain that there are two competing hypotheses which attempt to explain violence among chimpanzees. The adaptive strategies hypothesis asserts that killings are used as a way to gain a competitive advantage resulting in increased food, territo...

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