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Mid-life crisis strikes aging apes, too

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They may not go out and buy shiny sports cars, but chimpanzees and orangutans can experience a mid-life crisis, just like humans.

“We hoped to understand a famous scientific puzzle: why does human happiness follow an approximate U-shape through life?” says Andrew Oswald, professor at the University of Warwick.

“We ended up showing that it cannot be because of mortgages, marital breakup, mobile phones, or any of the other paraphernalia of modern life. Apes also have a pronounced midlife low, and they have none of those.”

Full story at Futurity.

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