Monday, May 05, 2008

Ancestors Like Gorillas

How Our Ancestors Were Like Gorillas: "'It's common knowledge that boys mature later than girls, but in humans the difference is actually much less marked than in some other primates. Male gorillas continue to grow long after their wisdom teeth have come through, and they don't reach what is referred to as dominant 'silverback' status until many years after the females have already started to have offspring. Our research makes us think that, in this fossil species, one older male was probably dominant in a troop of females. This situation was risky for the males and they suffered high rates of predation as a result of both their social structure"

University College London (2007, November 30). How Our Ancestors Were Like Gorillas.


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