In the Shadow of Man - Chapter 15, Adult Relationships, Chapter 16, Baboons and Predation Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15, Adult Relationships, Chapter 16, Baboons and Predation Summary and Analysis

Transition to adulthood is gradual for the chimpanzee. Goodall illustrates with the case of Pepe. Adulthood often comes to males through their exclusion from family responsibilities. Families also often do not stay attached, as "in-laws" never become part of the family. Chimpanzee males form groups that "get away from women" where they spent time together and groom, but Goodall has never observed homosexuality in chimps. Heterosexual relationships between chimps are not always monogamous, and promiscuous male behavior is sometimes condemned. Females also often reject many advances. Some of this is reflected in Goodall's chimps, like Fifi, who fended off many suitors.

Male chimps will sometimes force females to accompany them on their travels until either they lose interest or the female escapes; they will do this even when the...

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