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Olive Baboon

Olive Baboon

Olive Baboons live in matriarchal social groups of a few tens of individuals with social standing passed on from mothers to daughters. A recently published article in Science indicated that decision making within baboon troops is democratic. Individuals are most likely to follow the direction of a group of decision-makers who all agree, rather than to follow any particular dominant individual within the troop. They, thereby, benefit from shared troop knowledge rather than the whim or memory of a single individual. Budongo Forest, Uganda.

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