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Do Monkeys Pay for Sex?

June 10, 2008
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Do Monkeys Pay for Sex?

macaques monkey
turns out that one of humanity’s oldest professions may be even older than we
thought: In a recent study of macaque monkeys in Indonesia, researchers found
that male primates “paid” for sexual access to females — and that the going rate
for such access dwindled as the number of available females went up.
researchers, who studied the monkeys for some 20 months, found that males
offered their payment up-front, as a kind of pre-sex ritual. It worked. After
the females were groomed by male partners, female sexual activity more than
doubled, from an average of 1.5 times an hour to 3.5 times. The study also
showed that the number of minutes that males spent grooming hinged on the number
of females available at the time: The better a male’s odds of getting lucky, the
less nit-picking time the females received
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