Calm chimps with chums live longer: Researchers find strong social bonds can extend the life of apes

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Chimps who are less aggressive and have strong bonds with their friends live longer, researchers have found.

A new study of hundreds of captive chimpanzees showed that males who got along well with others outlived their less amiable peers.

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Researchers say being sensitive, protective and cooperative was the key.

Drew Altschul, Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, said: 'Studying the personality of chimps - one of our closest biological relatives - suggests that the quality of our social relationships can significantly impact our lives.'

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The team, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, found that, contrary to studies of humans and other primates, being more extroverted, conscientious or neurotic had no impact on chimpanzee's longevity.

Extraversion is frequently associated with longer life in other nonhuman primates, while conscientiousness and neuroticism are associated with longer and shorter life, respectively, in humans.

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Using personality and survival data from 538 chimpanzees - our closest ape relative - the study...
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