Thursday, 3 May 2012

Bigger Male Gorillas Make Better Mates and Fathers


If you want to mate and successfully raise your young, it pays to be big. At least among gorillas.
Larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo are more successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young, suggests a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

The study—conducted over a 12-year period in Nouabal√©-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo—helps to illuminate the selective pressures that influence the evolution of great apes.

The study appears in a recent edition of Journal of Human Evolution. The authors of the study include: Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; and Andrew M. Robbins, Christophe Boesch, and Martha M. Robbins of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

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