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Macaque friendships

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/science/23obmacaque.html?_r=1&ref=science

 

human tendency to form close bonds with people other than kin may have primal roots…Macaque monkeys live in groups of 50 to 60, but “every male in the group has a few other males he interacts with more than others,”… Macaques that spent a lot of time within 1.5 meters of each other were considered friends…Males that groomed each other’s bodies frequently and for excessive periods of time were also considered friends…bonds can lead to the forming of coalitions, where a group of males might fight another male to improve rank and social status, the researchers found…It appears that, just as in humans, some friendships were long lasting whereas others broke up after a short time. Why this happens is still unclear…was previously known that female macaques form strong social bonds, but these bonds tend to be with kin. Females prefer to form close relationships with their mothers, sisters and daughters….

 

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