A crowded mountain can make silverback gorillas more violent


Researchers looked at fifty years of data from gorillas in Rwanda found that is the number of family groups living in a habitat increased so did the number of violent clashes among them mountain gorillas spend most of their time sleeping eating and grooming each other's first behavioral ecologist who published the study in the journal science advances found encounters between groups can become violent some guerrillas especially intense parish which slowed population growth they found the frequency of family feud was not determined by the number of individuals but by the number of family groups in a region co author and primatologist Taris doing ski says everyone wants to know how many guerrillas can live inside a protected habitat area it turns out the answer depends partly on how they organize themselves socially she says they still don't understand all the factors that go into determining leadership qualities in guerrillas I'm Jennifer king

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