Lady baboons with guy pals live longer

September 11, 2014 4:01 PM

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Lady baboons with guy pals live longer

Numerous studies have linked social interaction to improved health and survival in humans, and new research confirms that the same is true for baboons.

A long-term study of more than 200 wild female baboons from the plains of southern Kenya finds that the most sociable females –- measured by how often they engaged in social grooming relative to their peers—live two to three years longer than their socially isolated counterparts.

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