STATES CHRONICLE – It has been recently discovered that meerkats are extremely violent, being vicious mammals. This study was conducted by Jose Maria Gomez from the University of Granada, Spain. The paper published in Nature magazine has revealed the analysis of four million deaths including 1,024 species of mammal. Their violent behavior was compared to the behavior of humans from 6 hundred studies.
The results revealed that the violence we detain in our blood is traceable to the place we occupy on the evolutionary scale. The other discovery was that meerkats are thought to be the most vicious mammals.
The study was bound to reveal what mammals are more violent, investigating what data related to mammals will include humans. Ed Yong from The Atlantic made up a chart where he ranked all the mammals regarding their violence. The most vicious mammal was proved to be the meerkat, which is more likely to kill its kind. Could that fact lead to extinction if exaggerated?
It was also proved that animals which were innocent like, are more violent to each other than other mammals which are known for their dangerous behavior. For example, chinchillas kill each other frequently than brown bears attack one of their kind. The sea lions from New Zealand are vicious mammals far more dangerous than the real lions.
It has been registered that 20% of meerkat deaths represent murders. In a research from 2006 documented by National Geographic, it was unveiled that meerkat mothers were killing the newborns of others just to be sure of who maintains authority. A study which has closely analyzed the murderous attitude of humans pointed out that the rate of violence increased, being of 15-30% for those living between the last 500 and 3,000 years.
Today, it appears that the murderous behavior decreased. The result is that humans are not as violent to their peers as meerkats seem to be to their species. Many types of research have demonstrated that along our history, we were more fatal than any other mammal. If we were to look at the fact that related species prove to have analogous rates that illustrate personal violence, then we will see the rate of deathly violence between people is of 2%. As a result, regarding the study, 1 out of 50 deaths would be a homicide, taking into consideration only the place we occupy of the evolutionary scale, and not social or political pressure.
Do you think that this kind of rage we have towards our peers is normal? Do you think that this defines our species?
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