Chimps trade meat for sex

Researchers have found evidence to confirm the suspicion that male chimps who share their catch with certain females end up getting it on twice as much.

(From BBC) “We looked at chimps when they were not in oestrus, this means they don’t have sexual swellings and aren’t copulating.” said Dr. Christina Gomes. “The males still share with them – they might share meat with a female one day, and only copulate with her a day or two later.” Dr Gomes thinks that her findings could even provide clues about human evolution. She suggests this study could lay the foundations for human studies exploring the link between “good hunting skills and reproductive success”. Read more

I think these monkeys clearly have their priorities straight. Of course this isn’t too far off of humanity’s gold standard, trading money for sex… how different would our culture be if we valued meat in line with the other two? Perhaps there is still time to learn from these noble creatures. After all, monkey see, monkey do…

(hey, check out SiP’s favorite monkey  @ Hoody’s World!)

One Response to “Chimps trade meat for sex”

  1. Oh yeah, I love sharing my meat!

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