Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, November 09, 2017

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.

Advertisement

Advertisement

More

Alternate links: Google News | Twitter

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."

Comments

Admin's note: Participants in this discussion must follow the site's moderation policy. Profanity will be filtered. Abusive conduct is not allowed.

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

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

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 | Reply | Funny: 1

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 | Reply

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 | Reply | Funny: 1

www.scientificamerican.com

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

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

#1 | POSTED BY THETOM

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

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

Interesting that Bonobos are better people than Republicans.

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

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 | Reply


 

@#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 | Reply | Funny: 1

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 | Reply

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

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

Comments are closed for this entry.

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2017 World Readable

Drudge Retort