If you're not yet convinced that baboons can play a critical role in socioecology and paleoanthropology, we refer you to the following recent articles:
Jolly, C.J. (2001) A Proper Study for Mankind: Analogies From the Papionin Monkeys and Their Implications for Human Evolution. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 44:177-204.
Henzi, P. & Barrett, L. (2003) Evolutionary Ecology, Sexual Conflict, and Behavioral Differentiation Among Baboon Populations. Evolutionary Anthropology 12:217-230.
Alberts, S.C. & Altmann, J. (2006) The Evolutionary Past and the Research Future: Environmental Variation and Life History Flexibility in a Primate Lineage. In: Swedell L. and Leigh S.R., editors, Reproduction and Fitness in Baboons: Behavioral, Ecological, and Life History Perspectives. New York: Springer, pp. 277-303
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