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The aging baboon: Comparative demography in a non-human primate

Summary: The aging baboon: Comparative demography in a
non-human primate
Anne M. Bronikowski*
, Susan C. Alberts§
, Jeanne Altmann§¶
, Craig Packer**, K. Dee Carey
, and Marc Tatar§§
*Department of Zoology and Genetics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011; Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706;
Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708; §Institute for Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya, P.O. Box 24481, Nairobi,
Kenya; ¶Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544; Department of Conservation Biology,
Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL 60513; **Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
55108; Department of Physiology and Medicine, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, San Antonio, TX 78245; and
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
Edited by Kenneth W. Wachter, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and approved May 17, 2002 (received for review December 17, 2001)
Why do closely related primate genera vary in longevity, and what
does this teach us about human aging? Life tables of female
baboons (Papio hamadryas) in two wild populations of East Africa
and in a large captive population in San Antonio, Texas, provide
striking similarities and contrasts to human mortality patterns. For
captive baboons at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical


Source: Alberts, Susan C - Department of Biology, Duke University
Bronikowski, Anne - Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
Tatar, Marc - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology