a small chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, primarily of swamp forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having long legs, black face, pink lips, and parted hair on its head: an endangered species.
- Formerly pygmy chimpanzee .
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How to use bonobo in a sentence
That ancestor, who lived roughly 7 million years ago, had hands designed much like those of tree-adept, knuckle-walking chimps and bonobos, he and his colleagues say.Ardi may have been more chimplike than initially thought — or not | Bruce Bower | February 24, 2021 | Science News
It may be because chimpanzees have natural predators and bonobos, for geographical reasons, don’t.Humans Have Gotten Nicer and Better at Making War - Issue 94: Evolving | Steve Paulson | January 6, 2021 | Nautilus
That was especially true of higher-ranking bonobos in the community, suggesting some awareness of having broken a joint commitment and wanting to signal friendly intent when rejoining lower-ranking grooming partners, the scientists say.
In previous studies, even 3-year-old children were much less willing to interrupt joint tasks for rewards than bonobos were in the new experiments.
Still, it’s likely that bonobos think in less complex ways than people do about mutual commitments, Heesen and colleagues say.
British Dictionary definitions for bonobo
an anthropoid ape, Pan paniscus, of central W Africa: similar to the chimpanzee but much smaller and having a black face: Also called: pygmy chimpanzee
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