Subtle, Secret Female Chimpanzees

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 774-775
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.774

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 In a report by Pusey et al. in this week's issue, the well-known chimpanzees of Gombe, studied by Jane Goodall and her colleagues for 37 years, have now yielded new information about the hidden power of a female's behavior to influence her reproductive success. In his Perspective, Wrangham explains why it has taken so long to gather the data that allow these conclusions and discusses another example of sneaky, but influential, behavior among female chimpanzees.