New study by Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Margaret Corley selected for the cover of the journal Hormones and Behavior.

December 28, 2017

The study shows that contrary to expectations of the inbreeding avoidance hypothesis female owl monkeys do not delay puberty, but rather commence ovarian cycling while residing in their natal group. It seems likely then that adults use behavioral mechanisms to prevent subadults from reproducing with unrelated adult males in their natal group.