Data from Gombe Provides New Insights Into Aging

A paper published in this week’s issue of the journal Science suggests that humans and other primates share certain aging patterns that were previously thought to be unique to humans. In addition to uncovering new similarities among primate species, the research findings may ultimately bring us closer to answering such questions as: Why do women live longer than men?

The study detailed in the paper relied on data from long-term research on seven primate species, including the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. The 50-year behavioral study that Jane Goodall began there continues under the auspices of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Gombe Stream Research Center. Data collected in Gombe has produced a wealth of data, all of which is compiled by JGI’s Center for Primate Studies. As one of more than 350 scientific publications based on research at Gombe, this new paper on aging demonstrates the value, once again, of long-term behavioral study of the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park.

Read the paper’s abstract
Read the press release about the paper

For more information, please contact Dr. Anne Pusey at Duke University.

 

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