Mother-infant contact as contingent behaviour in gelada baboons

  title={Mother-infant contact as contingent behaviour in gelada baboons},
  author={Louise Barrett and Robin I. M. Dunbar and Patsy Dunbar},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

Are Baboon Infants Sir Phillip Sydney's Offspring?

Data on mother-offspring interactions in chacma baboons were used to test predictions arising from Bateson's (1994) dynamic assessment model of mammalian weaning conflicts and the results provide preliminary support for this model.


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How do male interactions with infants affect mothers and infants in Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

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Regularities and diversity in developmental pathways: mother-infant relationships in hamadryas baboons.

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Food access in captive Ammotragus : 1 The role played by hierarchy and mother-infant interactions 2 3

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