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Female Chimpanzees 'Sell' Sex For Fruit
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 11/09/2007 | Auslan Cramb

Posted on 09/14/2007 2:34:17 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Female chimpanzees 'sell' sex for fruit

By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent

Last Updated: 4:01pm BST 11/09/2007

Female chimpanzees are "selling" sex to the males that gather the most fruit, according to new research.

Behavioural psychologists found that female chimps mate with the males that give them the most fruit, while male chimps steal "desirable" fruits such as papaya from farms and orchards in a bid to woo potential mates.

Oranges, pineapples and maize are among the most sought after crops, with bananas proving far less popular.

The scientists also discovered that the chimp that gathered the most fruit in the "food-for-sex" trade received more grooming from females than the group's alpha male.

Researchers from Stirling University released their findings after studying the behaviour of chimps in the West African village of Bossou in the Republic of Guinea.

Dr Kimberley Hockings said the findings provided the first evidence of large-scale plant food sharing among chimpanzees with a sexual motive.

Male chimps were also said to be most likely to give food to a female that took part in the most "consortships", where an adult female and male move to the edge of the community where the male enjoys exclusive mating access.

Dr Hockings added: "It is unusual behaviour as even though the major part of chimpanzees' diets consists of plant foods, wild plant food sharing occurs infrequently.

advertisement"The male who shared the most food engaged in more consortships and received more grooming than the other males, even the alpha male.

"Therefore the male chimpanzees appear to be 'showing off' and trading their forbidden fruit for other currencies, for example 'food-for-sex' and 'food-for-grooming'.

"In humans, the pursuit of certain foods is also strongly sex-biased. For example, it has been proposed that men in hunter-gatherer societies acquire large and risky-to-obtain food packages to garner attention.

"This research shows that chimpanzees at Bossou use crop-raiding as an opportunity to obtain and share desirable foods, providing further insights into the evolutionary basis of human food sharing."

The wild chimpanzee population has declined by more than two-thirds over the last 30 years, with around 200,000 left in the wild.

Chimpanzee habitats have suffered from deforestation, while poaching, disease and capture for the pet trade have also contributed to a drop in numbers.

The group's findings, following research by scientists from Stirling and from universities in England, Portugal, the USA and Japan, are published in the online jounral PLoS One from the Public Library of Science.


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KEYWORDS: apes; chimps; goingbananas; monkeybusiness; oldestprofession; primates; prostitution; research; science; zoology
"Female chimpanzees are "selling" sex to the males that gather the most fruit, according to new research."

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Apparently among some species, the price for bananas is quite high.

1 posted on 09/14/2007 2:34:18 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket A chimp scales a tree (top) and another raids a village for food (bottom)
2 posted on 09/14/2007 2:36:08 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Perhaps there’s something to this evolution thing...


3 posted on 09/14/2007 2:36:14 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: DogByte6RER

All primates pay for it in the end.


4 posted on 09/14/2007 2:36:24 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (I like Rodney Carrington's recipe for World Peace.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


5 posted on 09/14/2007 2:36:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey, baby, wanna see my watermelon?.............


6 posted on 09/14/2007 2:37:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: Sybeck1
All primates pay for it in the end.

Only the gay primates do......

7 posted on 09/14/2007 2:37:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Don’t they know prostitution is dehumanizing?


8 posted on 09/14/2007 2:44:10 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est.)
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To: DogByte6RER

9 posted on 09/14/2007 2:46:13 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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"Female chimpanzees are "selling" sex to the males that gather the most fruit, according to new research." Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Yessssss!!!!
10 posted on 09/14/2007 2:49:56 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
Female Chimpanzees 'Sell' Sex For Fruit

Yeah, and lady chimps give it up for "bad boy" chimps.

Yes, that was documented in "The American Scientist" by tow lady scientists.
And they did include some commentary as to their puzzlement on why
the female chimps would "give it up" for one real "bad bly" chimp.

I nearly broke a rib laughing at their scholarly and naive comments.
And said to myself: these are two scientists that obviously
didn't have a social life in high school.
11 posted on 09/14/2007 2:50:24 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA

oops...I only meant “bad boy” in the preceding post


12 posted on 09/14/2007 2:51:13 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VR-21

bump


13 posted on 09/14/2007 2:52:25 PM PDT by VR-21
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Hmmmmm...my banana collection should get me a...
14 posted on 09/14/2007 2:54:04 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: VOA

Ever see Jane Goodall’s kids?


15 posted on 09/14/2007 2:55:21 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (If you agree with Democrats you agree with America's enemies.)
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"Female chimpanzees are "selling" sex to the males that gather the most fruit, according to new research." Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
16 posted on 09/14/2007 3:14:56 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

I remember reading about this in a Psychology101 book more than 25 years ago.


17 posted on 09/14/2007 4:13:19 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...

Bill Clinton must be involved, somehow.

Organic food exposed
Cosmos | Issue 16 of Cosmos, August 2007 | Elizabeth Finkel
Posted on 09/14/2007 3:42:58 PM EDT by Daffynition
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1896644/posts


18 posted on 09/14/2007 10:25:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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“Is that a banana in your hand, or are you just happy to see me?” — hungry female chimp [translated from chimpese]


19 posted on 09/14/2007 10:27:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Great, now if I ever give a chimp a fruit, I’ll feel like I’m promoting ape prostitution.


20 posted on 09/15/2007 11:16:53 AM PDT by Berosus ("The candidates that can't face Fox News can't face Al Qaeda."--Roger Ailes)
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To: Berosus

TMI. ;’)


21 posted on 09/15/2007 10:06:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Colorado woman embraces beavers, champions nature’s engineers
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Posted on 09/09/2007 9:31:52 AM EDT by Daffynition
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22 posted on 09/15/2007 11:19:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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