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August 02, 2020 - Science Alert

Scientists Find a Striking Similarity Between The Friendships of Gorillas And Humans

Scientists Find a Striking Similarity Between The Friendships of Gorillas And Humans
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Gorillas living in larger groups might have more friends to choose from, but new research suggests at a certain point, they max out on close relationships.

That's eerily similar to what is thought to happen in our own species, where a link between brain size and group size has led to the famous idea that we can only maintain about 150 stable friendships - this is known as 'Dunbar's number', after British evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar.

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