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Chimps Have Their Own 'Police' March 16, 2012
Chimpanzee family
It is mainly high-ranking males or females or animals that are highly respected in the group that intervene in a conflict.
Humanity’s closest relatives have developed an early evolutionary form of moral behavior to guarantee the stability of individual groups, according to Swiss researchers.

Primatologists from the University of Zurich say they have observed so-called “policing” among chimpanzee groups that provides the conflict resolution necessary to ensure there is peace and order among the primates.

They found that high-ranking males and females are almost always the most successful when it comes to intervening impartially as peacemakers.

Writing in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers say they determined the behavior is entirely for conflict resolution and not for the direct benefit of the chimp or chimps doing the policing.

“The interest in community concern that is highly developed in us humans and forms the basis for our moral behavior is deeply rooted. It can also be observed in our closest relatives,” concludes researcher Rudolf von Rohr.

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