April 07, 2009

Hot Monkey Love- Chimps Put Out for Meat

My apologies to those readers who are offended by the title of this post, but it is based upon science. The following clip helps to document how relations between chimps are conducted.

Come to think of it, maybe we aren't all that different from chimps. Quite a few of the boys took their wives out for a steak dinner on Valentine's day. Maybe we should take notes. ;)

The oldest profession isn't restricted to humans. A new study found that wild chimpanzees exchange meat for sex.

By stealthily following a group of about 20 adult chimpanzees in Côte d’Ivoire's Taï National Park, behavioral ecologists Cristina Gomes and Christophe Boesch of Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany carefully noted which male chimpanzees copulated with which females. The researchers found that she-chimps put out more often for males that shared food with them at least once, compared to stingy males who never offered meat.

Apparently, buying dinner is a good way to improve the chances of getting lucky on a date, even if you're a chimp.

The primates' food-for-sex barter occurs indirectly, over the course of weeks or months, with males seeming to accrue credit with the ladies by plying them with meat killed on a hunt.


Kol Ra'ash Gadol said...

The first line is kind of misleading - they aren't putting out for meat, they're evaluating whether the monkey will help them out ( i.e. it isn't a one-to-one exchange meat for sex, according to your article, the likely hood of getting lucky increases not directly but is accrued with more multiple meat sharing incidences).
Seems sensible to me - who wants to get stuck with the monkey stud who can't learn to share?

Jack said...

who wants to get stuck with the monkey stud who can't learn to share?

Wise words and very true.