Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Owl monkeys who stay true reproduce more than those with multiple partners"

This study was of an owl-monkey population in Argentina done by an Anthropology Professor at UPenn.  Owl-monkeys are relatively monogamous mammals, and they showed that when an owl monkey pair is broken by an intruding individual, the mate who takes up with a new partner produces fewer offspring than a monkey who stays with its original partner.  I found this article interesting because it might explain how human behavior of monogamy developed.

Michael Cruciger

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