For our sixth episode we have the first in a collection of stories looking at human behavior and how it’s been shaped by evolution. Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth share their research on the baboon mind.
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This January we introduced you to Amanda Lea. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our fall 2014 cycle for her project entitled “Effects of social conditions on DNA methylation and immune function.” Here she updates us on the her latest field season. When we dart a baboon, we process it near its social group so that the animal can be released quickly and efficiently once it… more »
New research funded in part by The Leakey Foundation shows that chacma baboons within a troop spend more of their time with baboons that have similar characteristics to themselves: associating with those of a similar age, dominance rank and even personality type such as boldness. This is known as homophily, or ‘love of the same’.
Grooming. Photo courtesy of Alecia Carter.… more »
We are pleased to introduce you to another one of our newest grantees, Amanda Lea, PhD candidate from Duke University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the Fall of 2014 for her project entitled “Effects of social conditions on DNA methylation and immune function.” Amanda Lea
Many primates, including humans, live in complex social environments in which both… more »