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10.06.16

Grantee Spotlight: Alecia Carter

Grantee Spotlight
Alecia Carter was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Constraints on the Evolution of Culture: Social Information in Namibian Baboons.”
10.27.15

Origin Stories Episode 06: Being a Nice Animal

Origin Stories
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. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230384817″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true”… more » “Origin Stories Episode 06: Being a Nice Animal”
08.20.15

From the Field: Amanda Lea, Amboseli Basin, Kenya

From the Field
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 recovers… more » “From the Field: Amanda Lea, Amboseli Basin, Kenya”
05.15.15

Baboons prefer to spend time with others of the same age, status, and personality

In the News
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.
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