Bonobo Apes Won't Share Toys

How does one of closest relatives share?
21 September 2018
Presented by Adam Murphy, Chris Smith
Production by Adam Murphy.




Do you share food or do you bite the hand off anyone who tries? Chimpanzees, one of our closest relatives are in the latter category: they'll gladly share tools, but food’s a no no. New research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has been looking into our other close relatives: bonobo apes. Bizarrely, while they'll gladly share food, woe betide anyone who touches someone else’s tools or toys! So what does this say about us? Adam Murphy spoke to Christopher Krupenye, from the University of St. Andrews to learn more.


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