Bonobo Mothers Help Their Sons Get More Sex

By Andrew Moseman | September 1, 2010 9:52 am

bonobosFrom Ed Yong:

Most human men would be appalled at the idea of their mothers helping them to get laid. But then again, we’re hardly as sexually carefree as bonobos. While these apes live in female-led societies, the males also have a strict pecking order. For those at the bottom, mum’s assistance may be the only thing that allows them to father the next generation.

Martin Surbeck from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found that bonobo mothers will help to usher their sons into the best spots for meeting females, and they’ll sometimes help their sons in conflicts with other males. Thanks to their help, their sons get more shots at sex than they would otherwise.

Read the rest of this post at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

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  • Rhacodactylus

    Gotta love a species that settles all their disputes with a hand job . . . that has to be a better system, maybe we can implement it at the UN.

  • Andrew Moseman

    If nothing else, I suppose that would speed things up at the United Nations, given that nobody would have to wait for the translation.

  • Chris the Canadian

    Pfffffft, human mothers have been doing that for years. Taking their sons to Sunday School to interact with other kids, Church to meet a ‘good’ girl, Aunt Edna’s to play with cousin Susie etc etc etc. Okay, it’s more to meet a wife than a lay, but it’s still done. Even more forcefully as time goes on and some get older and refuse to leave the house!!!

  • Wesley

    Reminds me of an episode from Scrubs. Anybody remember Cole’s “Wing-Mom” ?

  • festival music

    Wow, this is fun to read. Perhaps you have considered submitting articles to magazines?

  • forensics science

    Nowhere on the Internet is there this much quality and clear information on this subject. How do I know? I know because I’ve searched this topic at length. Thank you.


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