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The University of Haifa announced that bonobos have been observed making and using tools and spears for the first time. Chimpanzees in nature have been seen making tools to obtain food such as tubers and termites, breaking open nuts with hammers and anvils, and making spears from branches for hunting. Itai Roffman of the university’s Institute of Evolution provided bonobos in a zoo setting and in a sanctuary setting with food that had been buried, hidden, and concealed in various locations. He also provided them with raw materials for toolmaking such as green branches and deer antlers. Both groups of bonobos were able to perform the food extraction tasks, but the sanctuary bonobos were much more successful.
originally posted by: jheated5
a reply to: Ghost147
I read about bonobos doing this a few months back in the wild. Did they just recently take that information, put them in captivity and definitively proved it?
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: intrptr
Since bonobo sex is all about dominance and hierarchy, is it really all about making love? When we talk about politics and political rivals and deal making, just substitute sex in there for the backroom deals, imagine how much "fun" that would be for most people and then extrapolate that out to bonobo society.
Somehow, I don't think that would be all that much fun, particularly if you aren't the tops on the hierarchy. Consider, the ones getting it all that you'd have to make up to and put out for would be ... Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnel, Harry Reid, Paul Ryan ... Urgh!