For Chimps, Sexual Coercion Leads To Higher Mating Success

November 15, 2014 4:03 PM

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For Chimps, Sexual Coercion Leads To Higher Mating Success

Male chimpanzees that tend to be sexually aggressive toward females have more reproductive success than less aggressive males, according to a new genetics and observational study in the journal Current Biology.

“Unfortunately it’s true,” said study author Anne Pusey, chair of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. “But it does help us explain the pattern of male aggression we’ve seen between males and females in more than 50 years of observation.”

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