The adaptive value of ‘friendships’ to female baboons: experimental and observational evidence

  title={The adaptive value of ‘friendships’ to female baboons: experimental and observational evidence},
  author={R. Palombit and R. Seyfarth and D. Cheney},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • R. Palombit, R. Seyfarth, D. Cheney
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Lactating female baboons, Papio cynocephalusoften maintain close associations with particular males. There are at least three proposed benefits of 'friendships' to females: (1) male protection against potentially infanticidal males; (2) male protection against harassment by dominant females; (3) male attachment to an infant that develops into future care of juveniles. These hypotheses were examined in a population of chacma baboons, P. c. ursinusin which male infanticide accounted for at least… CONTINUE READING
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