Rhesus Monkeys: Mating Season Mobility of Adult Males

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Science  28 Nov 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3909, pp. 1176-1178
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3909.1176


Groups of rhesus monkeys, heretofore described as closed social units, experience a seasonal exchange of a portion of the adult males. Male shifting corresponds with the season of mating, and results in copulation with females of newly joined groups. This pattern is socially disruptive, but provides opportunity for exchange of genetic material between groups of a region.

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