Ed asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 3 weeks ago

Explain two possible reasons why nonhuman primates are territorial.?

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Animals are territorial when there is competition for limited resources. Territorial behavior is one way to reduce competition. By keeping chimpanzees out of their territories, gorillas have access to more food within their territories. In contrast, bonobos have so much food in their forests (because there is no gorilla or chimps where they live) that they do not bother fighting to defend territories.

    In fact, 5 million years ago, Africa's forests started shrinking because of climate change, and our ancestors were weak apes that cannot defend a territory in the remaining forests. They were forced to eke out a living in the open African savanna, where food is scarce for apes and humans since there are few trees, and the most abundant plants are grass, something neither humans nor apes can digest.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    food and sex.

    duh.

  • 3 weeks ago

    1. To protect their food source.

    2. To protect their young from predators.

  • 3 weeks ago

    In some forest living primates, contact between groups of the same species is in the form of a specialized territorial defense behavior. Instead of avoiding each other, groups actively converge near their common territorial border and make hostile displays.

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