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Frans de Waal obituary

A male chimpanzee with his eye on alpha status will set aside his usual indifference to infants and go around tickling them, the better to curry favour with their mothers. The vote-winning tactic, variations of which will be on display in town halls everywhere in this super-election year, is one of the many examples of social strategy that the Dutch-American primatologist Frans de Waal documented in his half-century of observing non-human primates…

Frans de Waal, by Catherine Marin

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 25 March 2024. To continue reading, click here.