Scientists think they know why humans live so long: Moms

The authors of the paper, “Maternal Care Leads to the Evolution of Long, Slow Lives,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on June 14, 2024 are worried the paper may be taken out of context in what a mother's care means. "Humans are a primate and we live much longer lives than is expected based on our body size, even compared to other primates. We also show a very long period of intense connection between mother and child that is unusual among animals," stated, lead author Matthew Zipple, postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology and behaviour in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. Read the story in the CBC News. 

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