03/30/2012

Chimpanzee cops were the first police officers

They may not carry handcuffs, but chimps engage in impartial 'policing' of conflict

Indo-Asian News Service

LONDON — Some of the high ranking chimps practically uphold the 'law of the jungle' and maintain peace among warring groups and individuals of their kind, says a new study.

They may not wear helmets and carry handcuffs, but chimps engage in impartial 'policing' of conflict, according to anthropologists led by Carel van Schaik, professor at the University of Zurich and Claudia Rudolf von Rohr.

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