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Male aggression is rare in bonobo society and common in chimpanzee society. Various authors have argued that either one species or the other should be considered a model for “natural” human behavior. Explain why, from the standpoint of divergence time, there is no reason to think that one of these species is a better model for human behavior than the other.

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To explain: From the standpoint of divergence time, there is no reason to think that either bonobo society or chimpanzee society is a better model for human behavior.

Concept introduction: Human beings are apes, and they share several characteristics with other non-human apes. One such characteristic is the social construct. Human evolution is known for cultural and social evolution as well. Therefore, it is necessary to study the other non-human apes and their social construct as to how social and cultural evolution diverged from their common ancestor.

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The bonobos and chimpanzees are non-human apes, essentially primates. Both bonobos and chimpanzees have a social construct and have sexual dimorphism similar to human beings. Also human beings share several genes with them. Both bonobos and chimpanzees have varying personality traits...

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