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Genetic Opposites Attract When Chimpanzees Choose a Mate

by Robin Ann Smith, Neuroscience News

Chimps can tell genetically similar mates from more distant ones

When it comes to hookups in the animal world, casual sex is common among chimpanzees. In our closest animal relatives both males and females mate with multiple partners. But when taking the plunge into parenthood, they’re more selective than it seems.

A study appearing online Jan. 11 in the journal Royal Society Open Science reveals that chimps are more likely to reproduce with mates whose genetic makeup most differs from their own. Continue reading Genetic Opposites Attract When Chimpanzees Choose a Mate