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In this issue we are talking about the evolution of friendship. Are there any benefits to having friends? Do other animals have friendship? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this article.

Yes. Humans are not the only ones to have close companions. Some species that do this are monkeys, elephants, chimpanzees, dolphins, and horses. In chimpanzees, some of them will be together all the time. Two chimpanzees living in Uganda whom researchers have named Hare and Ellington have been recorded sharing food, walking through the forest together, and even backing the other one up if they got into a fight. This is all proof that humans are not the only ones with friends.
Do other animals experience friendship?

Do you like to know how things work?  Come here to find out how the universe works—from the world of cells to the world of galaxies.  You will find out what we know and what we don’t know.  And who knows…maybe one day you will help figure out the mysteries of our existence!

This issue is dedicated to the science of friendship.
Are there any advantages to having close friends?
Sources used:

The Evolutionary Origins of Friendship, Annual Review of Psychology, January 2012

"Friends With Benefits", Time Magazine, February 20, 2012

Yes, there are. Friendship can decrease stress, especially in women. It also improves competitive ability among men, and greater infant survival and a longer life in women. Having a person who you are close to and can talk to is very important.