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Some orangutans breastfeed their babies for over eight years

The truth is in their teeth
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Tim Laman

It is incredibly hard to observe an orangutan nursing its baby. Even without dedicated nursing rooms, these already reclusive animals manage to find privacy in trees and at night to nurse their young, making it difficult for biologists to tell how long and how often orangutan mothers breastfeed their offspring.

But now there’s another way for biologists to understand the nursing behaviors of orangutans: their teeth. In a paper

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