Female Reproductive Strategies and Competition in Apes: An Introduction

  title={Female Reproductive Strategies and Competition in Apes: An Introduction},
  author={Melissa Emery Thompson and Rebecca Stumpf and Anne E Pusey},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
While a large number of researchers have addressed dominance and competitive relationships among male apes and the use of alternative mating tactics by males, there is a relative dearth of empirical data on the behavioral strategies of their female counterparts. In the literature, female apes are characterized as creatures that spend the majority of their time quietly foraging, often alone. They rarely engage socially, except with their own offspring, but periodically their lives are turned… CONTINUE READING

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