Infanticide in chimpanzees: Taphonomic case studies from Gombe.

  title={Infanticide in chimpanzees: Taphonomic case studies from Gombe.},
  author={Claire A Kirchhoff and Michael Lawrence Wilson and Deus C. Mjungu and Jane Raphael and Shadrack Kamenya and D. Anthony Collins},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={165 1},
OBJECTIVES We present a study of skeletal damage to four chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) infanticide victims from Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Skeletal analysis may provide insight into the adaptive significance of infanticide by examining whether nutritional benefits sufficiently explain infanticidal behavior. The nutritional hypothesis would be supported if bone survivorship rates and skeletal damage patterns are comparable to those of monkey prey. If not, other explanations, such as the… CONTINUE READING