Friday, January 20, 2012

The Bonobo lifestyle

The bonobo (Pan paniscus) is, among all, the closest ape to modern humans, more like gorillas, orangutans and even chimpanzees. In fact resembles the chimpanzee, but it looks more graceful, his forehead is wider also has long hair on the head, females have slightly prominent breasts in contrast to the flat breasts of other female primates, although not as prominent as those of human females. Differences that make it more like humans. So they erected to the ground to navigate.

In fact, after deciphering the DNA, it was found that bonobos are closer to humans than gorillas. Share, like the chimpanzee, 98% of the genome. Therefore, some experts propose to the bonobo chimpanzee and included in the genus Homo .... Homo sapiens as we are.

It resembles the chimpanzee .... but ... Why is it special?

In the relationship with their peers.

First, they are considered more intelligent than chimpanzees, and can learn up to 500 words they use to communicate easily with us.

And second, while chimpanzees are considered aggressive and territorial, bonobos are very peaceful. Chimpanzees plan to attack other males outside the clan, make war against other clans and kill other apes from time to time. In contrast, bonobos, are very peaceful. Their social structure is matriarchal and solidarity. The females are the leaders of the clan and the tension that is generated from those conflicts involved in the relationship between members living together, calm through sex, not violence.

Sex plays a major role in the societies of bonobos, as they are used as a greeting, as a method of conflict resolution as a means of reconciliation after them, and as payment through favors both males and females in exchange of food. Bonobos are the only primates (besides humans) that have been observed by all the following sexual activities: face-to-face genital sex (primarily female with female, followed in frequency by the female-male sex and male-male rubs) , tongue kissing and oral sex.

Anyway, I like to think that people are closer to the peaceful bonobos than chimpanzees aggressive, though, seeing as provoke wars, we kill each other, we destroy, we end up with entire species, and we settle for social inequalities, I must say we are like chimps, would be quite an insult to them.

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