Pan thanatology

  title={Pan thanatology},
  author={J. Anderson and A. Gillies and Louise C. Lock},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • J. Anderson, A. Gillies, Louise C. Lock
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • Chimpanzees' immediate responses to the death of a group-member have rarely been described. Exceptions include maternal care towards dead infants, and frenzied excitement and alarm following the sudden, traumatic deaths of older individuals [1-5]. Some wild chimpanzees die in their night nest [6], but the immediate effect this has on others is totally unknown. Here, with supporting video material, we describe the peaceful demise of an elderly female in the midst of her group. Group responses… CONTINUE READING
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