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Study: Humans may look for the helpers, but bonobos prefer the troublemakers

When Mr. Rogers told viewers of his beloved children's TV show to "look for the helpers," bonobos clearly weren't paying attention. A new study of one of our closest living relatives finds that these docile apes prefer individuals who hinder over those who help.

The findings, described in the journal Current Biology, could shed light on the origins of "prosocial" behavior in human beings.

"A preference for helpers over hinderers," the study authors wrote, may have "played a central role in the

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