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The ability to start and control a fire is probably the most important technological development in human history and a new study has found that our ancestors probably started mastering fire around 350,000 years ago.
Chimpanzee-on-chimpanzee violence is not the result of increased aggression resulting from exposure to human activities, researchers from the University of Minnesota and an international team of colleagues report in the latest edition of the journal Nature.
It's long been a popular stereotype: Men are hugely competitive, meaning cooperative effort is the exception rather than the norm, while women have a tendency to nurture relationships with others, making them much more likely to cooperate with one another.
Most people would not view having a tick up their nose as a good thing, but University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine professor of pathobiological sciences Tony Goldberg viewed it as an opportunity.
Duke University assistant professor Brian Hare and colleagues study the behavior of bonobos -- apes that are genetically close to humans.
Sharing is a behavior on which day care workers and kindergarten teachers tend to offer young humans a lot of coaching. But for our ape cousins the bonobos, sharing just comes naturally.
A new study of chimpanzees living in the wild adds to evidence that our closest primate relatives have cultural differences, too.
American researchers who have been studying the rare and threatened bonobo ape will lead monitoring efforts after a group of orphan bonobos are returned to the wild in the Congo for the first time this month.
Despite enormous costs and often-tragic results, humans have waged war throughout the course of history, and continue to do so today.
While hunting among chimpanzees is a group effort, key males, known as â€œimpact huntersâ€ are highly influential within the group. They are more likely to initiate a hunt, and hunts rarely occur in their absence, according to a new study.