Social preferences influence the short-term exchange of social grooming among male bonobos

  title={Social preferences influence the short-term exchange of social grooming among male bonobos},
  author={M. Surbeck and G. Hohmann},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Abstract The emotional mediation hypothesis proposes a mediating role of social bonds in the exchange of services. This model predicts that the form of short-term exchange of services depends on the relationship between the individuals involved. Here, we test this prediction in the exchange of grooming among males in a wild bonobo community for which close relatedness could be excluded. As bonobo males hardly engage in food sharing or agonistic support, grooming is mainly exchanged for grooming… Expand

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