It helps to have friends, whether human or baboon. Studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives for both species. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people, some baboons' personalities are better suited to making and keeping friends than others.
The research was conducted by psychology professor Robert Seyfarth and biology professor Dorothy Cheney, both of Penn's School of Arts and Sciences. They collaborated with the Arizona State University's Joan Silk.
Their work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.