Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chimpanzees Give Birth 'Like Humans'

Footage of a chimpanzee being born has shown that the animals give birth in a way that was thought to be unique to humans.

A team took close-up footage of captive chimps giving birth, which revealed that the newborn emerges from the birth canal facing away from the mother.

Scientists had believed that this birth position evolved in the primate ancestors of modern humans.

These findings could refute that theory.

The researchers filmed three live births for their study, which is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

Full story here.

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