Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 25, 2018

Being Antisocial Leads Marmots To Longer Life

The NY Times reports

For many mammals, a busy social life can be an important contributor to a long life. But some animals need more alone time than others, and failure to get it could be lethal, according to new research.

Consider the marmot. After spending 13 years tracking their interactions and life spans in Colorado, Daniel T. Blumstein, a biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues found in a study published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B that yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives tended to die younger than those that avoided interactions.

Read full story at Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots. – The New York Times


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