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    more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    If you want to mate and successfully raise your young, it pays to be
    big. At least among gorillas.

    Larger male gorillas living in the rainforests of Congo are more
    successful than smaller ones at attracting mates and even raising young,
    suggests a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Max
    Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

    The study—conducted over a 12-year period in Nouabalé-Ndoki National
    Park in the Republic of Congo—helps to illuminate the selective
    pressures that influence the evolution of great apes.

    The study appears in a recent edition of Journal of Human Evolution.
    The authors of the study include: Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife
    Conservation Society and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
    Anthropology; and Andrew M. Robbins, Christophe Boesch, and Martha M.
    Robbins of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.



    In assessing the role of size in the reproductive success of
    "silverback" gorillas, the researchers selected three physical factors
    for measurement: overall body length; the size of the adult male's head
    crest (also known as a sagittal crest which is absent in females); and
    the size of an individual's gluteal muscles on the animal's posterior.
    The researchers then compared data on individual size with information
    on group dynamics to explore possible correlations between physical
    characteristics of adult males, the number of female gorillas connected
    to males, and the survival rates of an adult gorilla's offspring.

    The results of the study revealed that all three characteristics were
    positively correlated to an adult male's average number of mates. In
    other words, the bigger the adult male, the more mates it had. An
    unexpected finding was that only head-crest size and gluteal muscles
    were strongly related to offspring survival (measured as infants that
    survived to weaning age) and overall reproductive success, measured as
    the number of surviving offspring.

    "Our findings of correlations between physical traits and male
    reproductive success could be considered evidence of a selection process
    in gorillas, but it is not yet proof," said Breuer, the lead author of
    the study. "More studies would be necessary to determine the links
    between morphology and fitness in this and other long-lived species."

    The research is the latest of several studies of gorillas made from the
    ideal research conditions of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park's Mbeli Bai, a
    large, swampy forest clearing where gorillas (and scientists studying
    them) gather for long periods. From 1995 until 2007, the team followed
    the lives of 19 adult male western lowland gorillas and their family
    groups from observation platforms with telescopes and cameras. Over that
    time, the researchers were able to track the number of females each male
    mated with, and the number and survival rate of offspring produced by
    each adult male.

    The gorilla group data was complemented by physical measurements of
    adult male gorillas by using a novel, non-invasive method called digital
    photogrammetry, which produces accurate measurements of individual
    gorillas and their characteristics from digital images (converting pixel
    size to actual lengths).

    "By using non-invasive methods for measuring the size of individual
    male gorillas and their features, we are gaining insights about the
    factors that could be driving mate selection in our closest relatives,"
    added Breuer.

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    only the strong will survive my friend

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    Same with Deer. Only the big, strong healthy ones get the babes

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    Good read thanks brother
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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    Originally Posted by Four1Thr33 View Post
    Good read thanks brother

    you got it.

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    nice read bro
    "Whatever life throws at you, put it on the bar and press it"

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    nice read brotha

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    Alpha Male status
    The test of a man's character is what it takes to stop him.

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    Re: more reasons to take juice ... kinda

    Yup thats how it works
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    Ohh you calling me a gorilla now. Lol. Good read bro. **** all that shit. Herm gonna juice son. Lol

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    Good read. Thanks for sharing. Time to go work my glutes so I can have many offspring.
    "There are only two days in the year nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow"

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