Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Energy-maximizing Foraging Strategy

Technique by which an animal gathers the largest amount of nutrients possible over 24 h. This type of foraging strategy is found among many larger mammals or mammals that live in large social units, including primates such as squirrel monkeys (Saimiri) and baboons (Papio); such animals are called energy maximizers.

Cf. time-minimizing foraging strategy.

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