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Among chimps, mothers of boys are more outgoing than mothers of girls
Among chimps, mothers of boys are more outgoing than mothers of girls

When it comes to raising their young, chimpanzee mothers are more socially outgoing and gregarious if they are caring for a boy, as opposed to a girl, according to a new study. In a paper published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers concluded that chimpanzee mothers in Gombe National Park in Tanzania were far more likely to spend time with larger groups of chimps if their offspring were male, especially during their offspring's first six months. The conclusions, which were based on documented observations between 1974 and 2011, raise questions not only about how the gender roles of chimpanzees are shaped by maternal behavior, but what it may or may not say about our own...

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