evolutionary advantages of homosexual inclinations

James Foster foster at cs.uidaho.edu
Mon Mar 10 13:20:32 EST 1997


Keith Christoffers (christkh at umdnj.edu) wrote:

: Is there any species that you know of in which such a phenomenon is
: present.  Do you see homosexual apes aiding in the copulation of
: heterosexual apes? I don't know, it's not a loaded question.

Promiscuous behavior is very common with bonobo's (aka pygmy
chimpanzis).  It is a form of social bonding.  Interestingly, bonobos
are far less agressive (aka violent) in the wild than the other two
species of chimpanzi: common chimps and humans.  If I remember my
cladistics correctly, the bonobos are the species of apes most closely
related to humans, and their social organization is the most
well-developed of all non-human primates (can anyone confirm this?).

Also, remember that homosexual animals may not copulate with
heterosexual animals...and still be homosexual.  Humans homosexuals, 
for example, often copulate primarilly with other human homosexuals.
--
James A. Foster			email: foster at cs.uidaho.edu
Laboratory for Applied Logic	Dept. of Computer Science
University of Idaho		www: http://www.cs.uidaho.edu/~foster

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