Sylvia Atsalis, Susan W. Margulis, Patrick R. Hof (eds): Primate reproductive aging: cross-taxon perspectives (Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology)
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Aging of the female reproductive system has been well studied in several species of rodents. However, the evolutionary distance between humans and rodents always raises the question of the validity of extrapolating the findings to primates, including humans. For this reason, and because of their close phylogenetic relationship to humans, nonhuman primates have proven suitable models for studying human biology and behavior. Furthermore, these days, due to the unusually long postreproductive lifespan of human females, reproductive aging of nonhuman primates receives a great deal of attention. In biomedical research, they have also been very important in advancing the understanding, treatment, and prevention of human diseases.
Moreover, in zoo animals, improvements in nutrition, husbandry, and veterinary medicine have led to increased longevity. Animals in the wild usually die off naturally or are killed by other animals. However, they have no predators in zoos, so they live longer. Zoo...