Thursday, November 09, 2017

Bonobos Help Strangers Without Being Asked

The impulse to be kind to strangers was long thought to be unique to humans, but research on bonobos suggests our species is not as exceptional in this regard as we like to think. Famously friendly apes from Africa's Congo Basin, bonobos will go out of their way to help a stranger get food even when there is no immediate payback, researchers show. What's more, they help spontaneously, without having to be asked first.


Bonobos, like humans, may simply be eager to make a good first impression. "All relationships start between two strangers," [evolutionary anthropologist Jingzhi] Tan said. "You meet a stranger, but you may meet them again, and this individual could become your future friend or ally. You want to be nice to someone who's going to be important for you."


Yeah, they're just trying to --------.

#1 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-11-08 01:22 AM

So your average Republican is less evolved than we thought?

Maybe a new sub-species is required, ---- sapien Republicanus.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-08 11:34 AM

Any time you've ever seen a chimp and thought "that's a chill chimp" it was probably a bonobo.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-08 02:26 PM

Yeah but Bonobos are gay.

They just want to get close so that they can touch your banana.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 03:00 PM

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-09 08:37 AM

Yeah, they're just trying to --------.


Actually they do that anyway. Its their way of saying hi.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-09 10:30 AM

Interesting that Bonobos are better people than Republicans.

#7 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-11-09 11:09 AM

Help Strangers??? The headline should read " Bonobos Will Screw or Wankoff Anybody, Even Complete Strangers for Food" Bonobos behavior makes exceptions for immediate family.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-09 11:59 AM


@#8 The headline should read ...

That was my first choice, but it wouldn't fit in 60 characters.

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-09 12:56 PM

Yet for all their supposed intelligence and kindness they continue to ignore us when asked to stop m*******ing.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2017-11-09 11:09 PM

It reminds me of "Idiocracy" with the Starbucks coffee joke.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-10 10:54 AM

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