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69) The bonobo, another species of chimpanzee, lives in Central Africa. In both chimp species, infants are dependent on their mother for food and protection for several years. These highly intelligent animals show many similarities to humans, in their social behavior, use of tools, care of young, reliance on vision and upright posture. These similarities have led some scientists to conclude that humans are closely related to chimpanzees. A female bonobo holds a young infant. Note the pink lips and parted hair on the forehead which distinguish the bonobo from the chimpanzee.
Notes: A female bonobo holds a young infant. Note the pink lips and parted hair on the forehead which distinguish the bonobo from the chimpanzee.
Scientific name: Pan paniscus
bonobo -- bun-OH-boe
Photo © by: Frans de Waal

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