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Social organization of gelada baboons: Social units and definitions

  • M. Kawai
  • H. Ohsawa
  • U. Mori
  • R. Dunbar


This paper aims to clarify terminological differences that have arisen between two different field studies of gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada). First, a comparison of age classifications is made to show the physical correspondences between the two sets of classes. Second, the social system of the gelada baboon is outlined and the terms used to refer to the components of this system are defined and clarified. Attention is drawn to the complex structure of gelada society and to the relationship between the superficially similar social systems of the gelada and the hamadryas baboon.


Social System Field Study Animal Ecology Social Unit Hamadryas Baboon 
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© Japan Monkey Centre 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kawai
    • 1
  • H. Ohsawa
    • 1
  • U. Mori
    • 1
  • R. Dunbar
    • 2
  1. 1.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyama, AichiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, Sub-department of Animal BehaviourUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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