A NEW study from Oxford University and Indianapolis Zoo in the United States has shown chimpanzees spontaneously taking turns.

Previous studies have shown chimps working together in strictly alternating turn-taking scenarios.

Now the latest studies have demonstrated chimpanzees coping with more complex permutations of turn-taking.

Dr Dora Biro, co-author of the study from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, said: “Coordinating behaviour is an essential component of social situations.”

Scientific Reports has published the study.