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J Hum Evol. 1997 Jun;32(6):593-605.

Social pressures have selected for an extended juvenile period in primates.

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Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool, U.K.

Abstract

Primates are highly social animals. As such, they utilize a large repertoire of social skills to manage their complex and dynamic social environments. In order to acquire complex social skills, primates require an extended learning period. Here 1 perform a comparative analysis using independent contrasts to show that social pressures have favored an extension in the proportion of time primates spend as juveniles.

PMID:
9210020
DOI:
10.1006/jhev.1997.0140
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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