In this weeks article Douglas Quenqua explains how marmots health is determined by how much they socialize. For certain mammals, having a social life is a necessity in the sense that they live a longer life. However, there are other mammals that prefer to be alone, and according to new research the defeat to receive it is pretty fatal for mammals known as the marmot.  Daniel T. Blumstein who is a biologist at the University of California in Los Angeles had spent 13 years documenting both the marmots communications and life spans over in Colorado.  He and a few of his coworkers found in a recent study that was published on Wednesday in Proceedings of Royal Society that the yellow-bellied marmot species who interact more, tend to die at a younger age.  Blumstein says that differences between lifespans of the marmots who are social and the ones who are not is about 2 years apart which is pretty significant considering the fact that the normal lifespan of a marmot is about 15 years. These creatures are rather large and resemble that of a squirrel and also have sharp claws and furry ears.  This species is also said to be pretty socially flexible in the sense that they like to live their lives in isolation but they can be pretty tranquil depending on the environment.  The yellow-bellied marmots are said to live more social lives unlike the average marmot, however, they do prefer to not be sociable. If the population of this species increases then the environmental space can become strained.  A female yellow-bellied marmot occasionally lets her children interact a bit and most male offsprings would be spreaded out.  The Scientists took note of the marmots interaction such as: sitting beside one another, hunting together, playing, and grooming each other.  These marmots that are being put under servallinces lived in 11 different communities that were not to far away from the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory all the way in Gothic, Colorado . It’s hard to explain why socializing determines a marmot’s health.  According to Blumstein he believes that these animals are distributing diseases amongst one another.  Maybe they disturb each others hibernation, leading them to go through starvation.  Another possibility can be that they socialize so much that they’re not alarmed of the predators that can be lurking around.  The researchers discoveries  differentiate from other mammal species. Many researches have displayed the fact that creatures such as humans and dolphins who are sociable live a prolonged life.  Social relationships amongst these creatures come in handy when there is danger around or when stress related issues occur.  Now Researchers want to dive more into this study by observing the way creatures such as pumas and bear who are considered antisocial, communicate.All and all this weeks article was an interesting and enjoyable one to read.  When I saw the title of the article many questions fled through my mind which tempted me to click on it.  I learned that marmots who are social live a shorter live and marmots who avoid social activities tend to live longer.  After reading through the article, it started to remind me of the topic we are learning in biology which is all about ecosystems.  I say this because somewhere in this topic, population increasing and decreasing is mentioned, so when the article started talking about population size I  immediately thought of that. I do not have any questions or further thoughts about this article and believe I understand all the information that is being distributed.  That concludes my summary on this weeks article.


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