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Sun Apr 7, 2013, 06:10 PM

85. This study claims human ancestors had societies like bonobos

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11128.html?WT

...based upon comparisons of DNA sequences - tho, as you noted, .1% more of our DNA is shared in common with common chimps than with bonobos... but WHERE these differences and likenesses exists matters greatly.

It's interesting, also, to see that we share DNA in common with both in ways that they don't share with one another.

Anyway, looking at reproductive rates for bonobos, the people who did that study think that females left their communities and migrated to a new one while the males stayed in the one they were born into - which indicates matrilineal families, since all offspring would be the child of the males b/c all offspring would be from their brothers. And this is the social structure of bonobos. Maybe this is a chicken or egg argument, tho.

But, based upon that, it would seem like the move to male oppression of females came long after we diverged from a common ancestor - or, put it another way, the common chimp is the outlier, not the norm, in terms of social organization between the three, based upon DNA commonalities.

Is that how you would read this, too?

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