On the other hand, many people believe that there is not sufficient evidence for this to be confirmed. As stated in “Infant Killing in Primates,” Primates have not physically been observed committing these acts. Instead, it has only been inferred. (984) This shows that there has not been enough information collected to come to a strong conclusion of the correlation between sexual selection and the occurrences of infanticide. The article looks to question the idea that these primates solely kill infants of their groups for mating purposes. This is done by reviewing the previous observations. They continue to explain that reports of events in Sugiyama have not been completely understood. As there was no clear site of what actually took place and any injuries the primates may have received, it is left open for interpretation. (966) This means that because they are not able to accurately observe the events to their full extent, much of it is left up to assumption. This does not provide evidence that directly connects the hypothesis to the observations thus allowing people to speculate over the main cause of infanticide in primates. It is also believed that this could be caused by stressful environments. These are other possible causes that are studied to explain the cases of infanticide.
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