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Female chimpanzees don't fight for 'queen bee' status

(Duke University) Male and female chimpanzees achieve social status in dramatically different ways, says a new study by Duke University primatologists. While male chimpanzees actively challenge their superiors to win higher rank, females accept their position in the social pecking order, waiting until more senior group members die before moving up the ladder. The research provides the first detailed look at how social status among wild chimpanzees changes throughout their lifetimes.
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