Chimps show lethal side

Killings sometimes occur in communities across Africa

By Bruce Bower, 17:54 PM April 13, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — In a cooperative venture aimed at understanding the most uncooperative of acts, researchers studying different African communities of wild chimpanzees have pooled their data and found that the apes sometimes kill each other nearly everywhere they’ve been studied.

Chimp homicides occurred most frequently in groups with the most adult males, anthropologist Michael Wilson of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis reported April 12 at the American Association of Physical An...

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