Data from: Alloparenting is associated with reduced maternal lactation effort and faster weaning in wild chimpanzees

Iulia Badescu, David P. Watts, M. Anne Katzenberg & Daniel W. Sellen
Alloparenting, when individuals other than the mother assist with infant care, can vary between and within populations and has potential fitness costs and benefits for individuals involved. We investigated the effects of alloparenting on the speed with which infants were weaned, a potential component of maternal fitness because of how it can affect inter-birth intervals, in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Ngogo, Uganda. We also provide, to our knowledge, the first description of alloparenting...
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