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Better to be Bonobo?

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More logs for the fire...

This post in SLOG, a Seattle daily news roll,

<b>The Third Chimpanzee</b>
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2011/05/26/the-third-chimpanzee

Pointed me to an article in the Daily Telegraph

<b>What kind of man are you chimpanzee or bonobo?</b>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7858951/What-kind-of-man-are-you-chimpanzee-or-bonobo.html

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Whereas "status-striving" men tend to produce the macho hormone testosterone when challenged, like chimpanzees, laid-back men produce cortisol, nicknamed the cuddle compound, like bonobos.

Chimpanzees live in male-dominated societies where status is paramount and aggression can be severe, with frequent fights to the death.

In bonobos, a female is always the most dominant and tolerance can allow for more flexible co-operation and food-sharing.

They are often referred to as the "peace and love" apes.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard Bonobos referred to as "feminist's favorite primate", presumably for the reasons you mention. Also, I understand that "thespian" Bonobos are not uncommon.
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