Briana Hansen
Updated Jul 27, 2016 @ 4:03 pm
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If you’re not familiar with what a bonobo is, let’s catch you up. They’re a type of ape, very similar to common chimpanzees, except a lot more loving, group-oriented, and a tad friendlier to the general public. Anthropologists study them to learn not only about them, but also about how their primal actions may actually inform elements of our own human nature.

Which is why it’s totally fascinating that this latest finding in The Science Explorer discovered that groups of female bonobos will band together to seek vengeance on their bully male counterparts.

After studying groups of bonobos in The Democratic Republic of Congo for four years, researchers consistently found that if a male bonobo harassed a young female bonobo, the older females would band together to stick up for the younger ones, and band together against the male.

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Researchers were surprised to see that these animals naturally form fierce and tightly-bound all-female groups to help regulate behavior within their tribes.

So, yeah, your girl squad is totally natural.

In fact, by bonding together with other women, you may actually be making a big #GirlPower difference.

According to the article, “The researchers believe that forming coalitions to combat aggressive males has enabled female bonobos to acquire the more dominant position in the social hierarchy.

By bonding together, the women form better general protection from their physically larger male counterparts. In fact, getting a powerful group together may actually be what has kept their aggressive male-counterparts big-time in check.

So next time you’re ready to throw down because somebody messed with your bestie, just remember that the instinct to band together and protect each other is actually pretty intrinsic in our nature.