Long-Term Consistency of Dominance Relations Among Female Baboons (Papio cynocephalus)

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Science  20 Aug 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4561, pp. 752-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4561.752


At maturity, female baboons in the Amboseli National Park of Kenya generally attain a rank position among adults near to that of their mothers. However, the age of a female's mother and the difference in ages between sisters also influence the rank acquisition process. These latter demographic variables, which are sensitive to changes in resource availability, may account for the close association both within and among primate species of specific patterns of rank organization and specific environmental conditions.