Science in a Minute: Male Gorillas Use Chest Beating to Communicate Body Size

April 14, 2021 10:03 AM
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Science in a Minute: Male Gorillas Use Chest Beating to Communicate Body Size
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Male gorillas have an iconic method for communicating their desire for a mate while at the same time scare off any potential rivals. To initiate this communication tool the male gorillas stand up and beat their chests. A team of German-led researchers authored a new study that suggests the chest-pounding also communicates the body size of the gorilla as well.