RE: Japanese Monkey Pulls Darwin 's Leg

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Fri 21 Feb 2003 - 15:24:38 GMT

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    Anyway, isn't the suggestion that this is sex for social purposes, rather than mate selection. So like grooming which can occur far more frequently and far longer than strictly necessary on hygiene grounds, the purpose in the formation and maintenance of social bonds.


    Even in human societies men most often hang around with men and women with women for social purposes and it has nothing to do with sex. Although an Anthropologist from another planet might conclude otherwise. There are also matriarchal human societies in which the women don't even know who the fathers of their children are. I can't remember the name, but I read about one such in India back in Anthro 101. When we spot one group of a species involved in a single behavior, we can't make sweeping generalizations about its application to the species as a whole. We have no idea what is going on in the minds of the monkeys we observe - just how they are acting. In other words, we know the what but not the why.



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