Practice Random Acts of Aggression and Senseless Acts of Intimidation: The Logic of Status Contests in Social Groups

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Abstract

A group of baboons is scattered across the open plains. Most members of the group are digging up grass corms, while a few rest in the shade of thorny bushes. Several juveniles bounce on the unstable limbs of a dead tree. One female who is resting in the shade looks up as a dominant female approaches. The dominant female stops a few meters away and begins feeding. Suddenly the dominant female lunges at the resting female, who leaps away, screaming and grimacing. The dominant female grunts and resumes feeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalEvolutionary Anthropology
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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