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Baboon and juvenile

Striking Appearance

Biologists Tom Struhsaker, Colin Chapman, and Theresa Pope and surgeon Jeffrey Marcus, director of Duke's Cleft and Craniofacial Program, described the discovery in June of this female baboon in Kibale National Park, Uganda who appears to have been born without an upper jaw or the dog-like snout of her species.  Struhsaker, Chapman and Pope watched and photographed her for a half hour before she moved away.  She probably had one pair of  upper molars, but it remains unknown how she fed. And with one nursing juvenile and a pregnancy, she's apparently not a social pariah. A paper on the discovery appears in the Oct. 15 2010 issue of Primates (DOI – 10.1007/s10329-010-0224-4).