Monday, 23 July 2018

Primates adjust grooming to their social environment

Date:  July 11, 2018
Source:  Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Researcher show that wild chimpanzees and sooty mangabeys, two primate species who live in complex social groups, choose their grooming partners based on a variety of criteria, including their social relationship with them and their potential partner's dominance rank. In particular, individuals of both species avoided grooming group mates whose friends were among the bystanders, as grooming might be interrupted.

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