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Topic: Primate Life History
Primates have slower rates of development than other mammals. All non-human primate infants are breastfed by their mothers and rely on them for grooming and transportation. In some species, infants are protected and transported by males in the group, particularly males who may be their fathers. Other relatives of the infant, such as siblings and aunts, may participate in its care as well.[30] Most primate mothers cease ovulation while breastfeeding an infant; once the infant is weaned the mother can reproduce again.[30] This often leads to weaning conflict with infants who attempt to continue breastfeeding.

Primates have a longer juvenile period between weaning and sexual maturity than other mammals of similar size. During the juvenile period, primates are more susceptible than adults to predation and starvation; they gain experience in feeding and avoiding predators during this time They learn social and fighting skills, often through playing.

Primates, especially females, have longer lifespans than other similarly sized mammals.