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No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World – The New York Times

Older male chimps follow a pattern that researchers also see in humans, preferring to have positive relationships with a few good friends.



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Of course, this can also happen in humans, but the data indicate that Aunt Ratchet and Uncle Vlad are exceptions.
The data analysis required for such studies is what happens after the field observation. Anyone who watches nature television shows can probably call to mind the image of Jane Goodall amid the Gombe chimps, or other similar, apparently idyllic portraits of field biologists.
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