Faster reproductive rates trade off against offspring growth in wild chimpanzees.

@article{Thompson2016FasterRR,
  title={Faster reproductive rates trade off against offspring growth in wild chimpanzees.},
  author={Melissa Emery Thompson and Martin N. Muller and Kris Sabbi and Zarin P. Machanda and Emily Otali and Richard W. Wrangham},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2016},
  volume={113 28},
  pages={7780-5}
}
Life history theory predicts a trade-off between offspring quality and quantity. Among large-bodied mammals, prolonged lactation and infant dependence suggest particularly strong potential for a quality-quantity trade-off to exist. Humans are one of the only such species to have been examined, providing mixed evidence under a peculiar set of circumstances, including extensive nutritional provisioning by nonmothers and extrasomatic wealth transmission. Here, we examine trade-offs between… CONTINUE READING