Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Chewing dinosaurs, climate change, self-sacrificing ants and black bears

Climate change causes carbon dioxide to dissolve in ocean water making it more acidic and efficient at transmitting sound waves. (Paul Souders / Corbis)

Monkey Beware

(Maura McCarthy)
Bonobos are known as the peace-loving members of the hominid family, led by females and solving conflicts with love, not war. Now, for the first time, primatologists in Congo have documented three instances of bonobos killing monkeys. In contrast to chimpanzees—which hunt and live in male-dominated groups—the bonobo hunting parties included females. So much for the idea that, among apes, hunting is related to male aggression.

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