Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Rate(s) Of Development

Relative timing of life history events. In primates, although the sequences of homologous events are similar, monkeys such as macaques develop about twice as fast as apes, who in turn develop about twice as fast as AMHs. Much research has focused on the possible rates of development of intermediate fossil forms such as the australopithecines, which seem to resemble apes more than humans in this regard.

See neoteny and pedomorphism.

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