Help - need definition of philopatry

Hoff Stuart (
Fri, 15 Nov 1996 23:27:37 -0500

This is really a primatology question. I am reading "Great Ape
Societies" and the words 'philopatry" and 'philopatric" are used without
definition. They words are not in the unabridged dictionaries I have
available. They are used in discussions of socio-ecology and seem to be
related to dispersal. For example, "most females are philopatric, im
most mammals". The roots of the word would imply remaining close to the
male parent but that doesn't make sense. I assume that social
interactions of apes are relevant to some of the hominid questions
brought up here. Thanks for your help.

Hoff Stuart