Let Us Learn From Our Ancestors

“Chimpanzees have an expectation of fairness and will protest in cases where this expectation is not met,” according to study published in Animal Behaviour and written up in Scientific American. Furthermore: “Even those who benefitted from inequality recognized that the situation was unfair and they refused to enjoy their own reward if it meant someone else had to suffer.”

TO BREAK IT DOWN: If you give one chimpanzee a grape (delicious) and the chimpanzee next to him a carrot slice (less delicious), NOT ONLY will the second chimp refuse the carrot slice, the first chimp will also refuse his grape in SOLIDARITY WITH THE SECOND CHIMP.

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zou bisou (#1,637)

That’s awesome!

Yeah but you have no idea how hard it is to live on just one grape in New York man.

@stuffisthings “Socialized Medicine Meant I Only Had to Pay One Grape Out of Pocket for My Rabies Shot”

Megano! (#124)

Awwww!

readyornot (#816)

This reminds me of that study where one rat would free its buddy, trapped behind Plexiglass, and share a pile of its favorite treat (chocolate chips with it). Such a cute story.

faustbanana (#2,376)

Chimp champs!

EM (#1,012)

Okay but the science is only half as adorable as the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8mynrRd7Ak

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