Yawning contagious among bonobos too

August 13, 2014 9:25 AM

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Just as humans sometimes find it impossible to resist yawning as a response to another person's yawn, bonobos, our closest evolutionary cousins, too feel the same urge, says a study.

The findings indicate that the apes too can feel empathy for their fellow beings as in humans and apes yawn contagion echoes emotional contagion, the transmission of a feeling from one individual to another, the most basic form of empathy.

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