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Frans de Waal

 

Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D., a Dutch-born primatologist, is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. This essay is adapted from his latest book, Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are (Riverhead, 2005).

 
 
  

Stories by Frans de Waal

An example of consolation among chimpanzees: A juvenile puts an arm around a screaming adult male, who has just been defeated in a fight with his rival. Consolation probably reflects empathy, as the objective of the consoler seems to be to alleviate the distress of the other.

Articles: The Evolution of Empathy

By Frans de Waal | September 1, 2005

We tend to think of empathy as a uniquely human trait. But it’s something apes and other animals demonstrate as well, says primatologist Frans de Waal. He shows how our evolutionary history suggests a deep-rooted propensity for feeling the emotions of others.

 

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