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Tango0124 Mar 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

"Don't mess with a monkey. Because if you do, he's might take revenge—on your family and friends. That's according to a study of Japanese macaques, which shows that monkeys keep track of each's others' associates and make use of that intel when it comes time for payback. The findings are in the Royal Society journal Open Science. [Barbara Tiddi et al., Acquisition and functional consequences of social knowledge in macaques]

Researchers were interested in the question of how primates suss out social relationships, knowledge that can come in handy for maneuvering within a complex society. To assess how the macaques obtain and make use of such social know-how, the researchers decided to focus on episodes of aggression—a common feature of simian interactions.

They went through more than 500 hours of video recordings showing the exchanges that took place in a group of 57 macaques living in the Rome Zoo—monkeys whose genealogical relationships are well known. And they parsed some 15,000 episodes of aggression, noting the relationships among the individuals involved…"
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