Understanding friendship in humans and other primates
Friendship plays a vital role in our well-being, helping us to stay healthy and live longer. Friendship may be an evolutionary strategy to surviving in large groups. However, the evolutionary origins and function of friendship in humans and other primates remains unclear. The EU-funded FriendOrigins project will conduct research on non-human primates to gain insights into friendship’s origins. To that end, it will create an unparalleled cross-species dataset on macaque monkeys, one of the best-known taxa of group-living primates. The environmental forces driving variation in friendly relationships will be tested to identify causes and consequences of friendly relationships in an evolutionary context. The project's findings will shed light on the function and expression of friendly relationships in some of our closest living primate relatives.
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