Beta Males

October 3, 2012 in Briefs

Not surprising: Beta males live longer.

Scientists have long known that alpha males are dominant in the social order of baboons and other primates. They rule the beta males and have their pick of the females.

But a new study at Princeton shows that beta males enjoy plenty of sex … and live longer. The obvious implication: The lives of alpha males are cut short due to the constant stress of defending their position.

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