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Bonobos have a reputation among the great apes as "hippie chimps," and new research hints that high levels of a key thyroid hormone may play a role in keeping the animals' aggression in check. Credit: Thinkstock Found in the lowland forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bonobos (Pan troglodytes) are closely related to chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) but the two diverge in behavior. PHOTOS: Most Athletic Monkeys Bonobos seem to diffuse social tension with an impressive repertoire of sex acts rather than physical fights. Males in particular show low levels of aggression - they even maintain platonic friendships with females and stick by their mothers into adulthood. The life of...

We already knew that unrelated chimpanzees cooperated with each other outside of sexual relationships, but thanks to new research we now know why, and this exciting revelation doesn't just help us to learn more about social bonding in animals, but also in ourselves. Credit: Nigel's Europe The study, which was published in the journal of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, discovered that cooperation between non-kin chimps could be attributed to increased levels of the hormone oxytocin. International researchers working with a group of wild chimps in Uganda tested the urine to measure the oxytocin levels after a grooming session. Regardless of whether the chimpanzee was engaging with a...

Someone finally decided to bring a camera to a primate pool party and document the swimming behavior of apes. According to International Business Times, researchers filmed the swimming and diving behaviors of a chimpanzee and an orangutan that were raised by humans. The footage shows these animals using a modified breaststroke to swim. This technique is closer to the swimming style humans use than the doggie-paddle preferred by most other animals. Each of the animals were taught to swim by their human caretakers, disputing previous claims that primates could never learn to swim. Researchers previously believed that all apes were afraid of water, but the animals observed in this study...