A new study, published in the journal Nature recently, has presented insights into how chimpanzees engage in violence against one another. Why is this important? How chimps engage in violence provides insight into the nature of human violence.
This new study was led by Richard Wrangham, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard who has been working in Africa since the 1970’s. The study chronicled the following.
“Overall, the researchers chronicled 152 killings by chimpanzees that were directly observed, suspected, or inferred in 18 communities that had been followed for decades. The attackers were overwhelmingly male, and the majority were attacking other males from other groups. They attacked when they outnumbered their victims — by eight to one, on average.”
Building on the eight to one advantage from above, the study continues.