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Male, female orangutans look to different mentors for sex-specific ecological knowledge

Male, female orangutans look to different mentors for sex-specific ecological knowledge

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May 19 (UPI) -- Young male and female orangutans look to different individuals for sex-specific ecological knowledge as they mature, according to new research. Often, studies of sexual differences focuses on mating behavior and social organization, but field observations suggest male and female orangutans also demonstrate sex-specific foraging and dispersal patterns. Advertisement To better understand how these behaviors are acquired, researchers analyzed 15 years worth of data on dietary and social learning behaviors exhibited by 50 young orangutans living among two different Sumatran populations. Scientists shared their findings Wednesday in the journal PLOS Biology. "In our study we showed that immature orangutans show sex specific attentional preferences when observing role models ot...