A recent study discovered which primate nurses its young for longer than any other?
Not content with only the title of largest tree climbers, orangutans have also claimed the record for nursing their young for longer than other primates. In fact, they nurse for up to eight years! By tracking barium levels in young orangutans’ teeth, scientist determined how many years each one nursed. This study represents a groundbreaking discovery, as orangutans’ natural habitat up in the trees makes them hard to study. (The researchers used bones from deceased primates). Moreover, this study proves once and for all that people need to stop telling my mom to cut the cord. I’m 34, but that’s like 6 in orangutan years, right? Source: National Geographic
The orangutans (also spelled orang-utan, orangutang, or orang-utang) are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, orangutans are currently found in only the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Classified in the genus Pongo, orangutans were considered to be one species. Since 1996, they have been divided into two species: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). In addition, the Bornean species is divided into three subspecies.