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Yawns might be contagious, but your chimp friend still can’t stay home

Posted by on 1 June 2011


Guess what? If you are a chimp and you see your chimp buddy yawn, you’ll probably yawn too! Researchers in Atlanta saw this happen when they showed chimps in their facility video of other chimps yawning. What was the neat twist in this story? If they were watching chimps from their own group, they were more likely to yawn than if they were watching a chimp from a group they didn’t belong to. Regardless, if you are a chimp or a human and you’ve caught a case of the yawns from your friends, it is still no excuse to stay home from school.

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