These Chimpanzees In Uganda Enjoy Really Long Lives

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These Chimpanzees In Uganda Enjoy Really Long Lives
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Under the right ecological conditions, some of our close primate relatives can lead surprisingly long lives in the wild, according to a 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda’s Kibale National Park.

In its sample of 306 chimpanzees, the study establishes an average life expectancy of about 33 years, nearly twice as high as that of other chimpanzee communities and within the 27- to 37-year range of life expectancy at birth of human hunter-gatherers.

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The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, are important for understanding the evolution of chimpanzee and hominin life histories, researchers say.

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