Chimps found to be cooperative

Mar 04, 2006
Chimpanzees

In a series of experiments, researchers in Germany have found that chimpanzees work cooperatively to help each other accomplish a goal.

Brian Hare of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, placed an adult chimpanzee in a cage, in which it was possible to get food by pulling two ropes, the New York Times reported Friday.

In some trials, the ropes were too far apart for one chimpanzee to get the food on its own. Some chimps had access to a door that could allow another chimpanzee to help.

The scientists found that the chimpanzees were much more likely to open the door if the ropes were too far apart and they needed help.

"They know when they need help," Hare said.

The findings are published in Science.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Bonobo stone tools as competent as ancient human?

Aug 21, 2012

The great apes known as bonobos can make stone tools far more varied in purpose than previously known, reaching a level of technological competence formerly assigned only to the human lineage, according to researchers.

Young children choose to share prizes after working together

Feb 11, 2011

Grownups have a good sense of what's fair. Research now shows that this is true for young children, too. In a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, three-year-old childr ...

Recommended for you

And now the Acropolis is crumbling...

6 hours ago

Just when Greece thought it had come through the worst of the crisis it was hit by a new blow Wednesday—the Acropolis is crumbling.

Power can corrupt even the honest

13 hours ago

When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust ...

Learning at 10 degrees north

14 hours ago

Secluded beaches, calypso music and the entertaining carnival are often what come to mind when thinking of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. But Dal Earth Sciences students might first consider Trinidad's ...

How to find the knowns and unknowns in any research

15 hours ago

Have you ever felt overloaded by information? Ever wondered how to make sense of claims and counter-claims about a topic? With so much information out there on many different issues, how is a person new to ...

User comments : 0