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A grayish to dark brown or black baboon (Papio ursinus) of southern Africa, having a distinctively downward-pointing face.

[Possibly of Khokhoin origin.]
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(Animals) a baboon, Papio (or Chaeropithecus) ursinus, having coarse greyish hair and occurring in southern and eastern Africa
[C19: from Khoikhoi]
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(ˈtʃæk mə)

n., pl. -mas.
a large, brown-gray baboon, Papio ursinus, of S Africa.
[1825–35; (< Dutch) < Khoikhoi]
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London, Jan 12 (ANI): A new study has shown that alpha-male chacma baboons allow lower-ranking males to mate with their females as a way to protect the dominant male's own offspring in their absence.
He added the reserve hoped to use technology as a research tool, starting with the common Chacma baboon, where there is a gap in knowledge about the effects of predation on the animal.
Copulatory vocalizations of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus), gibbons (Hylobates hoolock), and humans.
injected 6 wild-caught Chacma baboons (Papio ursinus orientalis) with pooled HBV-positive serum and analyzed the baboons for 52 weeks by using sensitive molecular techniques to detect evidence of transmission (16).
In the study on chacma baboons, offspring of females sharing a unique and emotional bond with each other lived much longer than the children of those who didn't mingle with other females.
The Cape Peninsula in South Africa is home to many species of wildlife, including [approximately equal to] 470 chacma baboons (Papio ursinus), which are a major tourist attraction and source of chronic conflict for local residents.
To see if other primate faces convey enough information to determine relatedness, the scientists tested whether humans could see a family resemblance in chimpanzees, lowland mountain gorillas, mandrills and chacma baboons.
AHEAD IN THE GAME by Nicholas Dyer WHERE: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe WHAT: African wild dog pups play a macabre game of tag with the head of a chacma baboon - the remains of their breakfast.
Previous research reported that the responses were unrelated to sex, but immatures showed more object exploration than adults in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) and geladas (Theropithecus gelada) [24].
Chacma baboons saw 121 body parts brought in as trophies, while there were 104 from leopards.