Wild Things: Life as We Know It
Caterpillars, Bonobos, European Songbirds and More...
- By T. A. Frail, Jesse Rhodes, Jessica Righthand, Brandon Springer and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, November 2010
A mom grooms her son (Frans Lanting)
Male bonobos accompanied by their mothers have greater success mating with fertile females than unchaperoned males, say researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Mother bonobos can assist low- and mid-ranking sons by interrupting the mating attempts of unrelated males. By hanging out with mom, sons also have more opportunities to interact with fertile females, make their own overtures, mate and reproduce.
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