Thursday, July 26, 2007

Long New Yorker piece on bonobos

Via Readerville I became aware that the New Yorker has a long article (12 pages on the web) on bonobos, and the people who research them.

Swingers
Bonobos are celebrated as peace-loving, matriarchal, and sexually liberated. Are they?

It's a pretty good piece, and the answer is of course, yes and no - the truth is a little more nuanced than the "Hippie Chimp" image of the bonobos. The article also makes a pretty good job of describing what we actually know about these creatures, and how much researchers disagree with each other.

Well worth the time spent reading it.

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