A new study on chimpanzees has revealed that human intervention has little impact on primates. The study should effectively set to rest questions about human intervention with primates.
Murder or to kill someone is not something which is natural with humans. However murder is an act of aggression which comes naturally to chimpanzees according to a new study which has been published in the scientific journal Nature. The study found that murder evolved as a ploy for species. Murder is resorted to for better access to land, mates and other resources. The study was a joint effort by 30 researchers across the world who studied deaths among 18 chimpanzee communities in Africa for over five decades.
It was a subject of intense debate among primatologists if human interference which includes act of destroying habitats and providing food lead to increased aggression among Chimpanzees. The results will finally put an end to the debate that violence among chimpanzees has been precipitated by human interference.
“It’s a natural behavior — it’s not something that we’ve induced by disturbance or intervention,” said Susanne Shultz, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Manchester.
Chimps and humans are similar to one another and anthropologist contends that they have a better perceptive about incidence of human violence.
University of Michigan anthropologist John Mitani said, “Observations that chimpanzees kill members of their own species have influenced efforts to understand the evolution of human violence.”
However, there are important differences between killing in humans and chimpanzee deaths. Mitani added that variation exists in the rates of killing by chimpanzees that live in different populations. Thus it is clear that even in primates, killing is not inevitable. If we see this in a human context, we have the ability to mould and alter our behavior in a process which cannot be done by the apes. Human sufferings can be alleviated considerably by harnessing this ability.