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Bonobos (pictured) and chimpanzees are our closest relatives. A new study looks at how a community of bonobos behave when they encounter a different group of bonobos. It's markedly different from the way chimps treat strangers. Martin Surbeck hide caption

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Unlike chimps, bonobos offer hope that maybe we can all get along

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Yvonne Vela Tona, one of the "mamas" at the sanctuary, looks after the young bonobo Esake. Ley Uwera for NPR hide caption

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Some Generous Apes May Help Explain The Evolution Of Human Kindness

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Researchers have observed that the friendliest male bonobos, like this male resident of Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tend to be the most successful. Early humans may have had the same experience with their peers. Ley Uwera for NPR hide caption

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A 17-year-old male bonobo eats while his son watches in the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo. Fiona Rogers/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Mine Is Yours, Sort Of: Bonobos And The Tricky Evolutionary Roots Of Sharing

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Two bonobos play fight at the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012. Emilie Genty/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend The Bullies

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Bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary near Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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