Body size and fatness of free-living baboons reflect food availability and activity levels.

@article{Altmann1993BodySA,
  title={Body size and fatness of free-living baboons reflect food availability and activity levels.},
  author={Jeanne Altmann and Dale A. Schoeller and Stuart A. Altmann and Philip Muruthi and Robert Morris Sapolsky},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={1993},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={
          149-161
        }
}
We used morphometric techniques and isotope-labeled water to investigate the influence of abundant, accessible food and resultant low activity levels on body size and fatness in free-living adolescent and adult baboons as compared to animals in the same population that experienced more typical, wild-feeding conditions. Females that had access to abundant food from a nearby garbage dump averaged 16.7 kg body mass, 50% more than their wild-feeding counterparts in adjacent home ranges. Little of… CONTINUE READING

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