09 Aug '11, 12am

New study says chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly

New study says chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly

Female chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly, suggesting altruism may not be a uniquely human trait, US researchers said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) - FEMALE chimpanzees like to spontaneously help others rather than act selfishly, suggesting altruism may not be a uniquely human trait, US researchers said on Monday. Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in the south-eastern state of Georgia in the United States tested seven female chimpanzees to see if observations of the species' generous behaviour in the field matched their decisions in a lab. Given a choice of two coloured tokens, one which guaranteed a banana treat for two and the other which gave a reward for the chooser only, the chimps tended to pick the social option, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Previous st...

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