Male vervet monkeys use punishment and coercion to de-escalate costly intergroup fights

Posted by on June 6, 2018 1:53 pm
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Male vervet monkeys attack members of their own group to prevent them from escalating intergroup encounters into high-risk fights, or to de-escalate ongoing intergroup fights. In contrast, female monkeys use ‘the carrot and the stick’ to promote male participation in intergroup fights, anthropologists have shown.

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