Dominance and Survival among Baboons Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Dominance and Survival among Baboons
A look at Sapolsky's research on a troop of baboons' stress diseases and survival styles.
# 133119 | 2,000 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Biology (Zoology) , Anthropology (General)

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This paper examines the troop of baboons which Sapolsky, a neurobiophysioloigst, studied, trying to learn about stress diseases among a species which has comparatively few predators and therefore should be able to live in relative ease, but which suffers from stress diseases to rival humans. The paper describes how Sapolsky lived with the baboons each summer for more than twenty years, watching the troop evolve and go through multiple changes in males leadership. Additionally, he saw a wide variety of survival styles as some baboons battled for the alpha spot while others flourished without competing for leadership.

From the Paper:

"Females almost invariably stay with the troop, and generally retain the position which their mother's had in the hierarchy. Males leave the troop at puberty, moving to another troop, and continually struggle for position. (16-17) THE FEMALES Leah: the senior ranking female, reigning in that post for a quarter century. (17, 238) Devorah: Leah's daughter, enjoyed a preferred position over all other females because of her mother's rank. (17)"

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