For baboons, a mother’s history of hardship can have lasting effects on her kids too

Numerous studies show that children who had a rough start in life are more likely to have health problems later on. The pattern isn’t unique to humans. But for baboons, the impacts aren’t just borne by one generation — the next generation bears the brunt as well. A study finds that a baboon mother’s early trauma is linked to shorter lifespans for her kids, even if they grew up more carefree than she did.

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