(TRENDING POLITICS) – Scientists, the experts we rely on to tell us how to live our lives, have been studying privilege and inequality among squirrels and other animals, according to the New York Times.
It all began as a conversation among behavioral ecologists at UCLA: "They saw how COVID-19 was highlighting health disparities and other inequalities around the world," the Times reports. "The scientists began to wonder if they could learn more about inequality by studying it in animals."
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The experts began searching for examples in the animal kingdom of human concepts such as privilege, inequality, and intergenerational wealth. "When we started looking for it, we found lots and lots of examples," Dr. Jennifer Smith told the Times. "To see this across so many different species was quite surprising. And we're just touching the surface."