April 14 2011

6:30 pm NRB Auditorium

Darwin Evolving Series: Amy Parish
Depts of Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

Bonobo Sisterhood: Lessons on Sex, Bonding, and Dominance from Our Closest Living Relatives


Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) societies are typically characterized as physically aggressive, male-bonded and male-dominated. Their close relatives, the bonobos (Pan paniscus), differ in startling and significant ways. For instance, female bonobos bond with one another, form coalitions, and dominate males. However, among researchers there is a reluctance to consider, let alone acknowledge, female dominance in bonobos. Because both species are equally "man's" closest relative, how do these findings change our views of human evolution?











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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