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Responses of chimpanzees to a recently dead community member at Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
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PMID:  22038875     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Chimpanzee responses to the death of a group member have rarely been observed in the wild and most instances involve infant deaths. One of the very few detailed accounts of a group's response to the death of an adult community member is from Gombe National Park, Tanzania, where Teleki [Folia Primatologica 20:81-94, 1973] observed the responses of 16 chimpanzees to an accidental death, none of whom touched the body. Now, almost 40 years later, we report on the behaviors of 16 (different) Gombe individuals to the recently dead body of an adult female community member. In stark contrast to Teleki's account, we observed individual chimpanzees' responses to range from curious observation and passive investigation (e.g. smelling and grooming) to the shaking, dragging, and frustrated beating of the body. Variation across demographic groups is described and may reflect individuals' past experience with death. The implications of our observations are discussed in the context of core morbidity traits shared between humans and chimpanzees. Am. J. Primatol. 73:1-7, 2011.  © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Fiona Anne Stewart; Alexander Kenneth Piel; Robert C O'Malley
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-28
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Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-2345     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Biological Anthropology, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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