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Baboon groups have a home field advantage

Author: Catherine Markham

Amboseli baboons

Catherine Markham and collaborators recently found that baboon social groups benefit from a home field advantage when competing with their neighbors.  The paper was published in Animal Behaviour in August 2012, and used 9 years of behavioral data collected on 5 baboon social groups in Amboseli that have highly overlapping home ranges.  When direct conflict occurred between neighboring baboon groups, the winning group was predicted by both differences in the number of adult males in each group and long-term patterns of space use. Read More