Sign of empathy: These monkeys mimic faces

The ability to mimic the facial expressions of others is thought to be linked to empathy. It’s known that humans and orangutans “ape” each other in this way, but gelada monkeys appear to do it too, a new study shows.


“This mimicry relates to an internal emotional connection,” said neuroscientist Pier Francesco Ferrari of the University of Parma in Italy, who co-authored the study published March 28 in the journal Scientific Reports. It shows that “basic forms of empathy are present in other species that are not apes,” Ferrari told LiveScience.

 By Tanya LewisLiveScience