Female chimpanzees exhibit exceptionally slow rates of reproduction and raise their offspring without direct paternal care. Therefore, their reproductive success depends critically on long-term access to high-quality food resources over a long lifespan. Chimpanzee communities contain multiple adult males, multiple adult females and their offspring. Because males are philopatric and jointly defend the community range while most females transfer to new communities before breeding, adult females are typically surrounded by unrelated competitors. Communities are fission—fusion societies in which individuals spend time alone or in fluid subgroups, whose size depends mostly on the abundance and distribution of food. To varying extents in different populations, females avoid direct competition by foraging alone or in small groups in distinct, but overlapping core areas within the community range to which they show high fidelity. Although rates of aggression are low, females compete for space and access to food. High rank correlates with high reproductive success, and high-ranking females win direct contests for food and gain preferential access to resource-rich sites. Females are aggressive to immigrant females and even kill the newborn infants of community members. The intensity of such aggression correlates with population density.
They've long been known to mate promiscuously, as have their male counterparts; after all, the genus name for chimpanzees, Pan, derives from the Greek god famed for his lechery. Nevertheless, it was assumed that the females restricted their dalliances to the neighborhood, and that the offspring they bore were the progeny of a male living in their social group.
Though chimpanzees and humans share about 99 percent of the same DNA, numerous physical and behavioral traits separate us from our closest living relatives. But are we different even when it comes to sex? Just how do chimpanzees "do it? Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes live in hierarchical communities of several dozen individuals. An alpha male sits at the top, females are at the bottom, and all other males rank linearly in between. Like humans, chimpanzees have sex year-round. When a female is in heat, the skin around her genitals becomes pink and swollen — a clear sexual signal to males. Both male and female chimps elicit sex, though in a more brazen way than most people. If a female's interested in a male, she'll put her swollen bottom right up in his face. When a male wants sex, he shakes a tree branch or displays his erect penis to a female.
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They've long been known to mate promiscuously, as have their male counterparts; after all, the genus name for chimpanzees, Pan, derives from the Greek god famed for his lechery. Nevertheless, it was assumed that the females restricted their dalliances to the neighborhood, and that the offspring they bore were the progeny of a male living in their social group. It turns out that female chimpanzees rove much farther in quest of sexual novelty than had been suspected. Testing the DNA of 13 infants from a community of 52 chimpanzees in the Tai forest of Africa's Ivory Coast, researchers have discovered to their surprise that only 6 of the babies were sired by any of the 11 resident males.
The rest were the products of couplings that occurred outside the troop, although who the fathers were, where they lived and why the females had sought them as partners remain to be determined. Gagneux wrote the new report, which appears in the current issue of the journal Nature, with a colleague, Dr. David S. Woodruff, and Dr. Christophe Boesch of the University of Basel in Switzerland. In leaving the community for foreign affairs, female chimpanzees take considerable risks, Dr.
Gagneux said. Males are much bigger and heavier than females, and dominate them relentlessly. Moreover, males have been known to commit infanticide when the young clearly were not their own. That the extracurricular babies in this study had survived is a testimony to the furtive skills of their mothers, who succeeded in fooling not only the males in their group, but also their human observers.
In 17 years of watching the Tai group, the researchers had never seen a female copulate with a nonresident male. The results raise the question of why male chimpanzees devote so much effort to power struggles with other males, if high status is no guarantee of local reproductive supremacy. Perhaps they seek to impress outsiders, who may be watching their feats from afar. Or perhaps the males have yet to realize that for females, all their sturm is a drag. Science Sex and the Female Chimp. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.