Data from: Mothers may shape the variations in social organization among gorillas

Andrew M. Robbins, Maryke Gray, Thomas Breuer, Marie Manguette, Emma J. Stokes, Prosper Uwingeli, Innocent Mburanumwe, Edwin Kagoda & Martha M. Robbins
When mothers continue to support their offspring beyond infancy, they can influence the fitness of those offspring, the strength of social relationships within their groups, and the life-history traits of their species. Using up to 30 years of demographic data from 58 groups of gorillas in two study sites, this study extends such findings by showing that mothers may also contribute to differences in social organization between closely related species. Female mountain gorillas remained with...

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