Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival

@article{Silk2003SocialBO,
  title={Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival},
  author={J. Silk and S. Alberts and J. Altmann},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={302},
  pages={1231 - 1234}
}
Among nonhuman primates, females often form strong bonds with kin and other group members. These relationships are thought to have adaptive value for females, but direct effects of sociality on fitness have never been demonstrated. We present 16 years of behavioral data from a well-studied population of wild baboons, which demonstrate that sociality of adult females is positively associated with infant survival, an important component of variation in female lifetime fitness. The effects of… Expand

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