Monkey News!

February 3, 2009

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Small Male Chimps Use Politics, Not Aggression

With most mammals, the biggest and most aggressive male claims the alpha male role and gets his choice of food and females. But a new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that at least among chimpanzees, smaller, more mild-mannered males can also use political behavior to secure the top position.

Orphan Chimpanzees Cleverer Than Humans

Orphaned chimpanzee infants given special ‘mothering’ by humans are more advanced than the average child at nine months of age.