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Study finds gorillas display territorial behaviour


New research provides important clues for the evolution of human behaviour

Scientists have discovered that gorillas really are territorial – and their behaviour is very similar to our own.

Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the research shows for the first time that groups of gorillas recognise “ownership” of specific regions. They are also more likely to avoid contact with other groups the closer they are to the centre of their neighbours’ home range, for fear of conflict.

The study, which was carried out by academics from the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the University of Barcelona, SPAC Scientific Field Station Network, and the University of Vienna, involved monitoring the movements of groups of western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). MORE

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