cannibalism among chimps

Yousuf Khan (
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 03:57:53 GMT


I don't know if this is the appropriate newsgroup to post this.
If it isn't then just don't post any responses in this newsgroup
and send me a message via e-mail telling me where to go.

I was watching a show chronicleing the life of various tribes of
chimpanzees. There was one tribe in which males would kidnap one
of the babies from one of the mothers and ritualistically
cannibalize the baby. Has there been any explanation found for
such behaviour, since that show aired? It seems to happen only
within one tribe of chimps, and they cannibalize their own
youngsters, not necessarily youngsters from neighbouring tribes,
which seemed particularly vicious to me (probably indicative of
deep tensions within the tribe).

Are there any sites devoted to this topic?

I thought this might have some bearing on human pedophilia, or

Yousuf Khan

Yousuf J. Khan
Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Nation's capital