True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation

True altruism seen in chimpanzees, giving clues to evolution of human cooperation

Whether it’s giving to charity or helping a stranger with directions, we often assist others even when there’s no benefit to us or our family members. Signs of such true altruism have been spotted in some animals, but have been difficult to pin down in our closest evolutionary relatives. Now, in a pair of studies, researchers show that chimpanzees will give up a treat in order to help out an unrelated chimp, and that chimps…

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