Primate natal coats: a preliminary analysis of distribution and function.

  title={Primate natal coats: a preliminary analysis of distribution and function.},
  author={Adrian Treves},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={104 1},
  • Adrian Treves
  • Published 1997 in American journal of physical anthropology
Pelage coloration of infants was compiled for 138 species of primates. Three functional hypotheses--alloparental, infant defense, and paternity cloak--for primate natal coats are tested. Neonatal pelage contrasted with adult pelage in over half of the species examined. Subtle or inconspicuous contrast was more common than flamboyant contrast. Natal coats began to change at 5.7 weeks and disappeared by 18.0 weeks postpartum on average. The first body part to lose natal coloration was the head… CONTINUE READING
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