EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2015-2017
Peaceful Primates: The History and Function of Reconciliation in Non-Human Primate Societies
Sociality is an important evolutionary trait that increases resource acquisition for group members while also providing protection from predators. Despite the benefits that sociality and further group living provide, group living also creates tension and conflicts between conspecifics. One method of dealing with these conflicts is through reconciliation. Reconciliation is a behavior recognized by friendly interactions between two former opponents after a conflict. Reconciliation is a unique social behavior displayed by various mammals and plays a significant role in the lives of many primate species. Reconciliation serves to reduce tension and repair important relationships between group members. The level at which reconciliation is displayed varies throughout primate species and tells an interesting story about the complex evolution of social behavior.
How to cite this article:
Seitz, B. (2016). Peaceful primates: The history and function of reconciliation in non-human primate societies. The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 7(1), 113-123.