Atlantic: Why are some mammals killers?

The Atlantic spoke to a University of Cincinnati biologist about why murder isn’t unique to humans.

Some mammals kill other members of their kind. But the motives aren’t always clear, UC behavioral ecologist and evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Hobson said.

“Humans answer when you ask those questions,” she told the Atlantic. “They might lie, but at least they can answer.”

Featured image at top: Mexican wolves release aggression at the Columbus Zoo. Wild wolves are known to kill other adult wolves. Photo/Michael Miller

Two hartebeest bucks lock horns in the dirt.

Hartebeest bucks refuse to give an inch in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. UC assistant professor Elizabeth Hobson said these battles can sometimes be lethal. Photo/Michael Miller

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