Chimps Display Capacity for Lethal Violence
Are apes innately violent or driven to attacks by human intrusion? Chimpanzees have a tendency to gang up and kill their own kind to gain territory or resources, even when their habitat is untrammeled, according to a new study. The paper, published in Nature, has reignited the debate over whether our closest animal cousins are influenced by our behavior. Such studies may provide insight into the roots of human violence but, as one scientist cautions, they won’t help us figure out Syria.