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December 22, 2010


Harvard University scholar Richard Wrangham claims fourteen years of observation of the Kanyawara chimpanzee community in Kibale National Park, Uganda reveals young chimps in the wild play boy and girl games, much like their human counterparts, scientists found (via Gates of Vienna).

Although both male and female chimpanzees play with sticks, girl chimps treat sticks like dolls copying their mothers as they care for infants.

The findings suggest girls play more with dolls than boys not because of sex-stereotyped socialization but because of ‘biological predilections.’

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 22, 2010 09:23 AM