Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is home to seven chimpanzees released from biomedical research two years ago. Missy and Annie, in the photo attached, are best friends at the sanctuary (Missy is on the left). Kissing like this is not uncommon in chimpanzee society and is often used to provide reassurance or share excitement over something. The photo, taken by our Director of Operations, J.B. Mulcahy is copyrighted by the sanctuary.
Perhaps not surprising to readers, chimps make several appearances in my upcoming book The Science of Kissing. To learn more about the animals in the photograph click here and you can find out how to help support the sanctuary here.
The title of this post is a nod to Roger Fouts’s Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees.
This is a guest post from Vanessa Woods, author of the new book, Bonobo Handshake. Vanessa is a Research Scientist in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and studies the cognition of chimpanzees and bonobos in Congo.
We like to think that murderers are psychopaths, with some kind of abnormal psychology that would never appear in us, or someone we know. And yet most of us think we would kill in certain situations, like if we were at war, or someone was about to kill a person we loved.
How ‘natural’ is this instinct in us, and can we ever obliterate it completely?
In my new book, Bonobo Handshake, I talk about lethal aggression in one of our closest relatives, chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees and humans have a lot in common when it comes to killing: Read More