Lethal Aggression Natural for Chimpanzees, Study Finds

September 19, 2014 6:55 PM

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A new international study, conducted among chimpanzee communities across Africa, suggests that murder comes naturally to this type of primates, contrary to the previous view that linked the behavior to human activity.

In a report published in the online journal Nature, a group of more than 30 scientists say they witnessed 58 instances in which fights between groups of mostly male chimps resulted in death. They found evidence of other bloody battles, usually along borders between established chimps’ communities, t...

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