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Humans aren't the only ones who hate a bum deal, it turns out.

In a recent study, brown capuchin monkeys trained to exchange a granite token for a cucumber treat often refused the swap if they saw another monkey get a better payoff -- a grape.

Instead, they often threw the token, refused to eat the piece of cucumber, or even gave it to the other capuchin after viewing the lopsided deal, said Emory University researcher Sarah Brosnan.

She said the results indicate man and monkey may have inherited a sense of fairness from an evolutionary ancestor.


Brosnan, who said she is now conducting similar studies with chimpanzees, noted that the capuchin that got the grape didn't react at all to the unjustness of the situation. That "probably implies there is still a lot of difference between their sense of fairness and ours," she said.

I'm too tired and stressed out to make the obvious joke about the Bush Administration here, so I trust you'll be able to make that leap on your own.

Replies: 5 Confessions

When I heard about this, I thought "This is a joke that tells itself."

elavil @ 09/18/2003 08:20 AM CST

probably implies there is still a lot of difference between their sense of fairness and ours

*snort* Not hardly. I saw The Manor House...

Miriam @ 09/18/2003 10:19 AM CST

I miss you!

Jobeth @ 09/18/2003 01:28 PM CST

Well, drop me a line, Jobeth! I don't have your school e-mail address.

amyc @ 09/19/2003 09:58 PM CST

I got your package! Thank you SO much! I loved the comics, they were great.

Email me soon.

Jobeth @ 09/20/2003 11:07 AM CST

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