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How chimpanzees handle death: Biro 2

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Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010

A young chimpanzee, Fokayé, plays with the mummified corpse of an infant group-mate, Jimato, at Bossou, Guinea. On a number of occasions, Fokayé's mother, Fotaiu (middle), appears to show aversion towards being touched by the corpse -- the only time that any member of the Bossou community was seen to react in this way. Jimato's mother, Jire (left), eventually retrieves the corpse from Fokayé. She carried the corpse for 68 days after death.
See the paper by Biro et al., Current Biology 20(8) pp. R351R352: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/a...

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