Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival

Joan Silk, Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann

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Abstract

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 sociality on infant survival are independent of the effects of dominance rank, group membership, and environmental conditions. Our results are consistent with the evidence that social support has beneficial effects on human health and well-being across the life span. For humans and other primates, sociality has adaptive value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1234
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume302
Issue number5648
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 14 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival. / Silk, Joan; Alberts, Susan C.; Altmann, Jeanne.

In: Science, Vol. 302, No. 5648, 14.11.2003, p. 1231-1234.

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Silk, J, Alberts, SC & Altmann, J 2003, 'Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival', Science, vol. 302, no. 5648, pp. 1231-1234. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1088580
Silk, Joan ; Alberts, Susan C. ; Altmann, Jeanne. / Social Bonds of Female Baboons Enhance Infant Survival. In: Science. 2003 ; Vol. 302, No. 5648. pp. 1231-1234.
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