, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 427–428 | Cite as

Age of sexual maturity in laboratory-born pairs of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

  • Terry Maple
  • J. Erwin
  • G. Mitchell


Two pairs of laboratory born rhesus monkeys gave birth to healthy young at an unusually early age, indicating that sexual maturity for this species is possible at a much earlier age than had been previously reported.


Rhesus Monkey Animal Ecology Sexual Maturity 


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© Japan Monkey Centre 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Maple
    • 1
  • J. Erwin
    • 2
  • G. Mitchell
    • 3
  1. 1.California Primate Research CenterUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Behavioral BiologyUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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