International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 409–424

Triadic interactions in Savanna-dwelling baboons

Authors

  • Euclid O. Smith
    • Department of Anthropology and Yerkes Regional Primate Research CenterEmory University
    • Yerkes Regional Primate Research CenterEmory University
  • Patricia L. Whitten
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyYale University School of Medicine
    • Yerkes Regional Primate Research CenterEmory University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02736217

Cite this article as:
Smith, E.O. & Whitten, P.L. Int J Primatol (1988) 9: 409. doi:10.1007/BF02736217

Abstract

Interactions between adult males and infants may have important consequences not only for males and infants, but also for mothers. Considerable attention has been paid to interactions that involve two males and an infant. Investigators have proposed three different general strategies to account for this behavior: (a) exploitation of the infant for one male’s advantage, (b) protection of the infant from harassment and aggression, and (c) development of relationships with the infant’s mother. We review various accounts of these interactions, detail the hypotheses used to explain the behavior, make predictions derived from the hypotheses, and evaluate available data for testing the predictions. We conclude that multiple factors are probably at work, but the development of social relations between a male and an infant’s mother is a central force.

Key words

Papio monkeystriadic interactionsmale reproductive tacticsfemale choicemale-infant interactions

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988