According to a new study, meerkats seem to be the most murderous mammals. A meerkat is most likely to be murdered by one of its own kind, which is similar to what happens among humans. Researchers from the University of Grenada, Spain studied the violent behaviour in more than 1 000 mammal species.
They had a huge surprise to discover that meerkats are so murderous. Researcher’s goal was not to prove if these animals are violent or not. They were investigating mammals to learn about humans and what makes us so violent. However, looking at the facts, it seems that meerkats are the most murderous mammals. Almost 20 percent of the deaths made by mammals are due to meerkats. Their violence has been proved in studies before, but no scientist thought they are so dangerous.
The good news is that humans are not as violent as they used to be. The rate of lethal violence is lower compared to thousands of years ago. Even though we are not so violent, there are still thousands of people every year killed by another human. Moreover, studies showed that 2 out of every 100 human deaths is a murder, by taking into consideration only the evolutionary tree. Humans are not as violent as they used to be, but we are still the most dangerous mammals on the planet because we have more power over the animals.
People have many definitions of murder, such as execution, cannibalism or wars. What we know for sure is that people were more violent in the past. This does not mean we are not dangerous anymore. People are able not only to kill others from their own species but also kill animals and put the whole planet in danger.
It could be a surprise for most of us that meerkats are so murderous. They are small, look innocent and work most of the time in groups. In some ways, they are similar to humans, which made us think of how murderous we are compared to some animals. After them, the second place is given to red-tailed monkey, with 18.2 percent of deaths as murders. The other mammals that made it to top ten are blue monkeys, lions, lemur or the grey wolf.
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