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

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.

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@article{Joffe1997SocialPH, title={Social pressures have selected for an extended juvenile period in primates.}, author={Tamara Joffe}, journal={Journal of human evolution}, year={1997}, volume={32 6}, pages={593-605} }