Humans aren't to blame for chimpanzee violence, study says

September 17, 2014 8:25 PM

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Humans aren't to blame for chimpanzee violence, study says

A 54-year study of chimpanzee behavior suggests that war-like violence is a natural part of chimp culture and not the result of human interference, as previously thought.

For years, anthropologists have watched wild chimpanzees "go ape" and attack each other in coordinated assaults. But until now, scientists were unsure whether interactions with humans had brought on this violent behavior or if it was part of the apes' basic nature.

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