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The ancestor you didn't know you had

Meet Bonobo: Our Closest Relative


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Species wasn't discovered in 1929


Wild bonobos are only found in one place on earth: in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

For the longest time, there were referred to as pygmy chimpanzees, but they're not. They are a separate species.

There's somewhere between 29,500 and 50,000 individuals left and of all the creatures on earth they share the most DNA with us: 98.7%. They're endangered species.

They're not as peaceful as some writers like to portray them and are capable of mixing it up. But given the choice between making love and making war, they choose the former. A lot.

You name it, they mix us sex with it: conflict resolution, appeasement, affection, social status, excitement, and stress reduction.

To quote one scientist: "Bonobos sex occurs in virtually all partner combinations and in a variety of positions." Ah hem. Sounds like another primate species I know of.

Aggression levels are much lower in these fun love creatures than in their cousins the chimpanzee and other apes.

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