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Mothers Matter! High Social Status and Maternal Support Play An Important Role in Mating Success of Male Bonobos

Animals  (tags: sex, bonobos, mating, maternal, male, female )

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Success is sexy -- a statement that applies not just to human beings, but also to various other animals. Male bonobos appear to benefit from this phenomenon as well.

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MmAway M (506)
Sunday September 5, 2010, 10:37 pm
Thank you Sophie!!

Loved this article at site!

gail dair (0)
Sunday September 5, 2010, 10:51 pm
thanks Sophie

Jack B (57)
Monday September 6, 2010, 12:11 am
Thanks, noted

liz c (827)
Monday September 6, 2010, 6:59 am
Noted. Thank you Sophie.

Michela M (3964)
Monday September 6, 2010, 9:19 am
I realized that not many people know Bonobos!!! or "confuse" them with THEIR and OUR "COUSINS" Chimpanzees... As other PRIMATES they share 98% DNA with MEN, consequently are more genetically similar to men than to some "monkeys". Among PRIMATES they are the ones that walk more often standng. They are less aggressive than Chimpanzees. They SOLVE all their eventual aggressiveness making sex, not fighting. Their politics is: WE DO NOT MAKE WAR BUT SEX..... The problem is that they face EXTINCTION like other Primates due to the reduction of their Habitat, Poaching, Bushmeat, and diseases....... Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela

Rebecca T (1)
Monday September 6, 2010, 9:46 am
Thank you for this post. I wrote a dissertation for my psychology class at university (years ago) about the sexual habits of bonobos in defense of homosexuality within the human species. Bisexual behavior among bonobos is quite common, and other aspects of their behavior and social makeup is also similar to that of humans. The fact that we treat these creatures as being far inferior to us is a miseducated travesty.

Ana F (128)
Monday September 6, 2010, 12:59 pm

Howard D (1)
Monday September 6, 2010, 1:26 pm
As will become abundantly clear, I know next to nothing about zoology, primates and bonobos in that order. I have, however, heard that our other cousins, the Chimpanzees, occasionally indulge in fighting, cannibalism and organized warfare. This is not good for those of us who read and believed all those books by popularizers of a certain version of anthropology that took its inspiration from Konrad Lorenz's studies of geese and came to believe that violence and territoriality were "hard-wired" in our genes.

So, isn't it nice to come across other cousins whose method of dealiing with just about anything is to have sex? The policy seems to be: "I like you, so let's have sex!" or, in the alternative, "I don't like you, so let's have sex."

No doubt Republicans will find this offensive. Such ardent promiscuity (especially when combined with a certain enthusiasm for bisexuality) will certainly curdle their milk.

The question is: "Now that we have such a charming and sensible role model (and so close to home), what do we do with this liberating knowledge?" My guess is "not much" as long as the anti-evolution troops control the School Board Textbook Selection Process in Texas. Still, experimental projects could be started all over the country. In small towns, large cities and even in the proximate wilderness, a National Bonobo League could be established (involving only consenting and ethusiastic adults, of course) and the benefits for emotional stability, good health and crime prevention could be put on display for all.

Who knows? Maybe some oppressed, suppressed, repressed and depressed Calvinists, Islamists and others could be exposed to alternative solutions to political confrontations and, after a period of adjustment, be persuaded that there are splendid options that are certainly superior to the Protestant Ethic, the Corporate Culture, the Spirit of the Jihad, "Onward Christian Soldiers" and other codifications of the hierarchical, militaristic, patriarchal "lifestyle."

We'll never know until we try.

Susan L (150)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 1:18 am
Interesting, all the related articles too. Howard, are you sure that you are not a Bonobo? ;-)

Andrea Campbell (64)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:04 pm

Thanks so much for this story. I have studied bonobos and I am fond of their culture.

Julia S (9)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 1:48 am
great article..thnks :)

Carmen S (69)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 9:51 pm
Always interesting. Thanks

Dianne D (490)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:58 pm
I learned something new today. Thanks for posting. I know very little about bonobos, but have seen them on nature shows.
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