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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Jamesen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGillies, Alasdairen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLock, Louise Cen_UK
dc.description.abstractChimpanzees' immediate responses to the death of a group-member have rarely been described. Exceptions include maternal care towards dead infants, and frenzied excitement and alarm following the sudden, traumatic deaths of older individuals [1,2,3,4,5]. Some wild chimpanzees die in their night nest [6], but the immediate effect this has on others is totally unknown. Here, with supporting video material, we describe the peaceful demise of an elderly female in the midst of her group. Group responses include pre-death care of the female, close inspection and testing for signs of life at the moment of death, male aggression towards the corpse, all-night attendance by the deceased's adult daughter, cleaning the corpse, and later avoidance of the place where death occurred. Without death-related symbols or rituals, chimpanzees show several behaviours that recall human responses to the death of a close relative.en_UK
dc.publisherElsevier (Cell Press)en_UK
dc.relationAnderson J, Gillies A & Lock LC (2010) Pan thanatology, Current Biology, 20 (8), pp. R349-R351.
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dc.subjectChimpanzees behavioren_UK
dc.subjectAnimal behavior Researchen_UK
dc.subjectChimpanzees Social aspects.en_UK
dc.titlePan thanatologyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleCurrent Biologyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBlair Drummond Safari Parken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
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