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The growing pains of orphan chimpanzees

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Using long-term behavioral and hormonal data from wild chimpanzees in the Taï Forest, Côte d’Ivoire, researchers have revealed that mothers may be shaping pre-adult growth and offspring muscle mass even without direct provisioning. We compared growth of young chimpanzees with a mother until adulthood compared to those who had experienced maternal loss after weaning.