Chimps and orangutans may experience midlife crises, say scientistsSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 10:23
Chimps and orangutans may experience midlife crises, say scientists
Study suggests the wellbeing of captive apes declines in middle age then picks up as they approach old age
Ian Sample, science correspondent The Guardian
Monday 19 November 2012 15.00 EST
There comes a time in some men's lives when the days seem darker, mortality more certain, and the only sensible response is to blow the life savings on a sportscar.
Radical and often ill-advised changes in lifestyle have become the calling cards of the midlife crisis, but if it is more than a myth, then humans may not be the only animals to experience it.
Now an international team of scientists claims to have found evidence for a slump in wellbeing among middle-aged chimpanzees and orangutans. The lull in happiness in the middle years, they say, is the great ape equivalent of the midlife crisis.