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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:53 PM

Even apes have 'midlife crises,' study finds

NEW YORK (AP) Chimpanzees going through a midlife crisis? It sounds like a setup for a joke.

But there it is, in the title of a report published Monday in a scientific journal: "Evidence for a midlife crisis in great apes."

So what do these apes do? Buy red Ferraris? Leave their mates for some cute young bonobos?

Uh, no.

"I believe no ape has ever purchased a sports car," said Andrew Oswald, an author of the study. But researchers report that captive chimps and orangutans do show the same low ebb in emotional well-being at midlife that some studies find in people.

That suggests the human tendency toward midlife discontent may have been passed on through evolution, rather than resulting simply from the hassles of modern life, said Oswald, a professor of economics at the University of Warwick in England who presented his work Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/even-apes-have-midlife-crises-study-finds

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:56 PM

1. I wonder how much of that is influenced by captivity

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:03 PM

3. My ex would tell you that's what influenced his mid-life crisis!

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:58 PM

2. Sorry, but I see veritable apes driving sports cars all the time here in L.A.

No offense to actual apes, of course.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:39 PM

4. ah, they mean apes besides humans

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