The dining etiquette of desert baboons: the roles of social bonds, kinship, and dominance in co-feeding networks.

@article{King2011TheDE,
  title={The dining etiquette of desert baboons: the roles of social bonds, kinship, and dominance in co-feeding networks.},
  author={Andrew J King and Fay E. Clark and Guy Cowlishaw},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={2011},
  volume={73 8},
  pages={768-74}
}
To better understand how individual relationships influence patterns of social foraging in primate groups, we explored networks of co-feeding in wild desert baboons (Papio ursinus). To minimize the risk of aggression and injury associated with contest competition, we expected that individual group members would choose to co-feed with those group-mates that are most likely to show tolerance and a willingness to share food patches. We tested two alternative hypotheses about who those group-mates… CONTINUE READING

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