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Nicer baboons make friends, live longer

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As with humans, some baboons’ personalities are better suited to making and keeping friends— social skills that play a role in health and longevity, research shows.

“These results have allowed us to, for the first time in a wild primate, link personality characteristics, social skill, and reproductive success,” says Robert Seyfarth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

“By being a nice baboon, you increase the likelihood of having strong social bonds, which in turn translates to a better chance of passing on your genes.”

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