Bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Vanessa Woods hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Vanessa Woods Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Do Bonobos And Chimpanzees Offer A Path To Understanding Human Behavior? May 7, 2012 What leads people to acts of violence and genocide? What triggers empathy and altruism? Duke evolutionary biologist Brian Hare and research scientist Vanessa Woods believe the answer may be found in the great ape known as the bonobo.