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In this video from The Human Spark, Alan Alda and scientist Franz de Waal observe the politics of two alpha male chimps who decide how they will share and distribute watermelons among female chimps in their group. While Stewart ignores the females’ request, Skip wins “political” clout by sharing his watermelon. De Waal notes that “keeping score” and “trading favors” are as essential in chimp society as they are in human society.
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