Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Time Minimizing Foraging Strategy

Technique by which an adequate amount of nutrients is gathered in as short a time as possible per 24 h; this type of foraging strategy is found among many small mammals, including small primates such as callitrichids, and is advantageous because it limits amount of time the animal is exposed to predators. An animal adopting such a strategy is called a time minimizer.

Cf. energy maximizing foraging strategy.

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