Female bonobos vocalize in chorus during a group encounter.
Liran Samuni, the lead author of the study and member of the Goettingen Primate Center in Germany, tells AFP that studying primates is like opening a window into our past, providing clues about how humans began to collaborate on a larger scale. scale.
Bonobos (Pan paniscus) are, along with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), the living beings closest to the human species. Bonobos and chimpanzees are also very close.
Relationships between chimpanzees, which are hostile and likely to lead to fatal violence, are widely studied, difference in interactions between bonobos, an endangered species.
These primates are difficult to observe in their natural habitat, as they live in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).