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Infant Crying pp 307-323 | Cite as

The Infant Cry of Primates

An Evolutionary Perspective
  • John D. Newman

Abstract

The evolution of the infant cry is essentially a reflection of the evolution of mammals. The origin of suckling behavior and the delivery of milk from the mother gave rise to the intimacy of prolonged contact, a trait that is almost as diagnostic for mammals as the nursing behavior from which it originates. Along with this intimacy came increased possibilities for individual recognition between mother and infant, resulting in the establishment of affiliative bonds that, at least in many primates, extend well beyond the period of infantile dependency into adulthood.

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Squirrel Monkey Human Infant Spider Monkey Howler Monkey Vocal Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John D. Newman
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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