What Bonobos Can Tell Us About Our Parents

A recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.

Their results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal strong similarities between the emotional development of bonobos and that of human children—especially about the relationship between mothering, emotional regulation, and empathy for others.


…study confirmed that emotion regulation
is an essential part of empathy,
in two primates who share 99 percent
of the same DNA:
bonobos and humans.

By William Pettus