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Primate playmates

Some cognitive scientists and primatologists study what appears to be playful teasing in gorillas and other great apes. They’ve found that apes repeatedly poke and taunt each other, then quickly move just out of range before turning back to see what kind of reaction they triggered—evidence that humor or joking may go back more than 13 million years, before the human lineage diverged from that of great apes.


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