Fighting to Understand the Scientific Impact of Community
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Fighting to Understand the Scientific Impact of Community

Playing in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro are 300 baboons that are the focus of one of the longest-running studies of wild primates. For more than 40 years, these Amboseli baboons and their ancestors have provided important data about questions in evolution, genetics, nutrition, hybridization and parasitology.

Beth Archie, Associate Professor of Biology at Notre Dame, stands on a dusty plain in southeastern Kenya watching the baboons, jotting notes on their social interactions and gathering their droppings. Back home, her notes and those of her colleagues will help answer the study’s overarching question: Why be social?

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