Women Tend and Befriend, Witness the Bonobos

A sense of sisterhood runs deep.  In a recent article in the New York Times, Natalie Angier reported on female bonding in bonobos.  She described a species equal to chimpanzees in biological closeness to humans and intelligence, but radically different in social organization and mores. Bonobos are matriarchal instead of male-dominated, cooperative rather than competitive. They nurture their young rather than murder them, and they are quick to help or protect one another when need arises.  They share, rather than fight [...]