Young Apes Develop Empathy Like Human Kids

The bonobo, a great ape, shows parallel emotional development to humans’, new research finds. Young bonobos that are good at managing their own emotions are also better at soothing others, with orphans struggling the most to make social connections…

 

“Empathy allows great apes and humans to absorb the distress of others without getting overly distressed themselves,” de Waal said.

 

By Stephanie Pappas