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Chimps share to be social

A new study of chimpanzees has documented a frequency of sharing previously unreported for animals, demonstrating that they share tools, honey and soil.

Most of the behavior was considered recovery or passive sharing, with females commonly taking food from males, with much of it taking place from dominant to subordinate recipients.

The researchers witnessed 41 cases of Fongoli chimpanzees willingly transferring either wild plant foods or hunting tools to other chimpanzees. Male chimps transferred wild foods or tools to females 27 times.

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