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Male turkeys use wingmen to help them pick up females, too


Human males aren’t the only creatures that sometimes bring “wingmen” along with them when they try to engage attractive members of the opposite sex. Animal-behavior researchers in Great Britain observed similar wingman tactics going into use among male turkeys.

The researchers, who draw from the University of London and Oxford University, were looking more fundamentally into why certain male specimens of any given species more attractive to females than other males might be, and they found an answer in how the more successful males use their genes, rather than differences in the genes themselves. The journal PLOS Genetics published their study Thursday.