Abstract # 1175 Event # 247:

Scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2006 02:00 PM-04:20 PM: Session 37 (Kidepo) Symposium

SYMPOSIUM: Female Reproductive Strategies: Diversity among the Apes

R. M. Stumpf1 and M. Emery Thompson2
1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Anthropology , 109 Davenport Hall, 607 South Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL, USA, 2Harvard University
     This symposium explores variation in female reproductive strategies among the apes. Ape females are expected to differ substantially in their reproductive strategies due to the diversity in social systems which leads to differing risks of infanticide, patterns of mating and levels of promiscuity, as well as differing levels of inter-sexual dominance. Female reproductive strategies may also vary inter- individually and even intra-individually, depending for example on rank, age or likelihood of conception. Our goal is to focus on emerging research into ape female strategies, highlighting new evidence from field studies (including hormonal analyses and methods for measuring female choice). Through such broad inter-specific and narrower intra-specific analyses, this symposium will detail the adaptive patterns common to all ape female strategies, as well as to elucidate the features that distinguish each of these hominoid taxa.