Use and function of genital contacts among female bonobos

@article{Hohmann2000UseAF,
  title={Use and function of genital contacts among female bonobos},
  author={G. Hohmann and B. Fruth},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2000},
  volume={60},
  pages={107-120}
}
Female bonobos, Pan paniscus, show a mounting behaviour that differs physically from that in other primate species. They embrace each other ventroventrally and rub their genital swellings against each other. We investigated five hypotheses on the function of ventroventral mounting (genital contacts) that derive from previous studies of both primate and nonprimate species: (1) reconciliation; (2) mate attraction; (3) tension regulation; (4) expression of social status; and (5) social bonding. We… Expand
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