The continued carrying and care of deceased infants is a clear and well-established pattern of behaviour that occurs across many primate species. What is more difficult for us to understand are the emotional correlates of [...]
The only other group of animals that experiences menopause to the extent that humans do is the toothed whale. Short-finned pilot whale and ecotype resident killer whale females can live to the age of ninety; [...]
First-time moms may be more likely to allonurse newborns that don’t belong to them because they lack the experience and knowledge of multiparous or older moms. This situation is described by the misdirected care hypothesis, [...]
Gelada baboon mothers have been observed to carry their deceased infants for extremely varied amounts of time – less than an hour to over forty-eight days. The mother who carried her infant for the longest […]
Multiple cases of primate mothers carrying and providing care to deceased infants have been observed. From chimpanzees and geladas to spider, squirrel, Japanese, and snub-nosed monkeys, mothers of diverse species have been known to carry […]
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