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Study compares peaceful bonobos to aggressive chimps

TOKYO -- Kyoto University is conducting Japan's first ever captive research on bonobos, in hopes of uncovering some of the mysteries of human nature and our evolution.

Bonobos sharing food   © Shinya Yamamoto, associate professor at Kobe University

     The bonobo is a close relative of the chimpanzee, and the two species of primates are the closest living links to humans. In contrast to the chimpanzee, the bonobo is known for its avoidance of conflict, which has earned the species the nickname, "the ape of friendship."

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