Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Pertaining to species characterized by larger litters, short gestation, and rapid development, that have a short or absent period of dependency upon parents, and that are able to move about independently at a very early age. Said of offspring of r-selected species. The order Primates is generally considered a relatively precocial order, except for the anthropoids.

Cf. altricial.

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