Bonobo monkeys aren't very commonly known Great Apes and are often confused with chimpanzees. These apes are a symbol of peace of intelligence and exhibit very interesting behavior.
Sometimes called chimpanzees or bonobo chimpanzees, bonobos are however a unique species and differ from chimpanzees. Bonobos are more slender than chimpanzees and other Great Apes. They've longer legs and a dark face. they're also easily distinguishable by the long hair on their heads, which is parted.
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Chimpanzees, Humans, and Lots of Controversy
Can Bonobos Show Us the Path to World Peace?
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) -- The battle between science and creationism is heating up once again as researchers like Morris Goodman at Wayne State University of Medicine report their new results on gene sequencing of chimpanzee DNA. Comparison is inevitably made to the genes of humans. And, the close genetic similarity (as much as 99.4%) between the two species provokes questions about the nature of the process of evolution. It may also have implications for world peace.
In his recent comments to the media, Morris proposes that there should be three species in the genus Homo: Homo sapiens, for humans, Homo troglodytes, for the common chimpanzee so familiar to most Americans, and Homo paniscus, for the so-called ÂpygmyÂ chimpanzee, also known as bonobos.
San Diego biologist and author, Judith L. Hand, PhD. through her research and in her book, Women, Power, and the Path to Peace, suggests that social differences between chimpanzees and bonobos may cast significant light on the question of aggression and war by that other member of their proposed shared genus, Homo sapiens. HandÂs perspective includes the genetic, biological, and social behavioral similarities/differences of chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans, and offers a provocative discussion on how a path to lasting world peace is possible, based on biological differences between males and females if there were to be true power-balancing between the genders. And she predicts that as the remarkable behavioral differences between chimpanzees and bonobos become more widely known, everyone will find fodder for renewed controversy.
Chimpanzees and bonobos appear to be equally closely related to humans genetically, but their social behavior could not be more different. Chimpanzees live in a social world where males are dominant, where conflicts tend to be resolved by displays of physical power and signals of dominance and submission. In contrast, bonobos live in a social world where male and female...
Along with chimpanzees, bonobos are the closest relatives to humans, with more than 98% of their DNA being like ours and, like humans, recognize each other through facial features. Bonobos are the only mammals that, like humans, have distinctive facial features making it easy to recognize one another.
Bonobos are known for their sexual behavior, in which they engage very frequently and which may also serve as a way to greet one another or to resolve conflicts. When bonobos feel excited or stressed they also tend to engage in sexual activities to express their feelings and decrease their tension.
This makes bonobos very peaceful, unlike chimpanzees which tend to be aggressive. Bonobos don't display high levels of aggression and prefer sexual contact over all kinds of violent confrontation. they're also the only species apart from humans known to tongue-kiss. They also mate face to face.
The brains of bonobos are also larger and more developed. they're able to feel empathy, anxiety and other feelings that chimpanzees and other apes can't feel very well. they're sensitive creatures and are able to express their emotions
Bonobos live in groups. Their society tends to be very peaceful and egalitarian. Females dominate the groups of bonobos, making their societies matriarchal.
they're extremely intelligent and learn very quickly. This can be proven by Kanzi the bonobo, who was taught to communicate the way humans do. Kanzi’s vocabulary consists of more than 500 words in English and he understands more than 3000 words!
Bonobos only live in Congo, Central Africa. Unfortunately they're endangered like most other Great Apes, due to poaching and the destruction of their habitat.
Bonobo chimps are very sensitive and intelligent creatures and they experience different feelings. they're also very peaceful animals who love to share their pleasures and don't engage often in aggressive behavior.