Social relationships, social status, and survival in wild baboons: A tale of two sexes

Fernando Campos, Francisco Villavicencio, Elizabeth Archie, Fernando Colchero & Susan Alberts
People who are more socially integrated or have higher social status live longer, and recent studies on aging and social environments in mammals show some striking convergences with this human pattern. Nonhuman primates are especially valuable models of aging, and studies of several populations of wild primates have shown parallel results to human studies. Specifically, greater numbers and strength of social bonds and/or higher social dominance rank predict longer lifespan in females of several nonhuman...
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