Park or Ride? Evolution of Infant Carrying in Primates

  title={Park or Ride? Evolution of Infant Carrying in Primates},
  author={Caroline Ross},
  journal={International Journal of Primatology},
  • C. Ross
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Primatology
Few mammalian orders carry their infants clinging to the mother's fur. I investigated the evolution of carrying behavior in primates and the life-history and ecological correlates of infant care patterns. Primates are ideal for the study as there is variation in infant care patterns. Primate infants are left hidden in nests or parked in trees, both of which strategies I term parking, and are carried orally or ride clinging to the mother's fur: riding. Infant carrying has evolved several times… 
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