How baboons reach consensus: A lesson for Congress?

Research by Anthropology Assistant Professor Margaret Crofoot is featured in The Washington Post.

Democracy is messy. That’s always the excuse when Congress can’t get its act together.

In the animal world, however, decisions actually get made. And decision-making by majority rule is actually fairly common. Birds use it to form their flocks. Fish use it when they travel in schools.

“Democratic, shared decision-making processes tend to be really important, and we see them everywhere,” Meg Crofoot, an anthropologist at the University of California, Davis, told The Washington Post. According to Crofoot, many species with simple social structures use majority rule to get them where they need to go. And now, for the first time, scientists have found that one of Earth’s most complex, hierarchical societies has gotten the hang of democracy too: baboons.

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