Grooming Up the Hierarchy: The Exchange of Grooming and Rank-Related Benefits in a New World Primate

  title={Grooming Up the Hierarchy: The Exchange of Grooming and Rank-Related Benefits in a New World Primate},
  author={Barbara Tiddi and Filippo Aureli and Gabriele Schino},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Seyfarth's model assumes that female primates derive rank-related benefits from higher-ranking females in exchange for grooming. As a consequence, the model predicts females prefer high-ranking females as grooming partners and compete for the opportunity to groom them. Therefore, allogrooming is expected to be directed up the dominance hierarchy and to occur more often between females with adjacent ranks. Although data from Old World primates generally support the model, studies on the relation… CONTINUE READING
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