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Chimpanzee mothers at Bossou, Guinea carry the mummified remains of their dead infants.

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The forests surrounding Bossou, Guinea, are home to a small, semi-isolated chimpanzee community studied for over three decades [1]. In 1992, Matsuzawa [2] reported the death of a 2.5-year-old chimpanzee (Jokro) at Bossou from a respiratory illness. The infant's mother (Jire) carried the corpse, mummified in the weeks following death, for at least 27 days. She exhibited extensive care of the body, grooming it regularly, sharing her day- and night-nests with it, and showing distress whenever th...

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10.1016/j.cub.2010.02.031

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Journal:
Current biology : CB More from this journal
Volume:
20
Issue:
8
Pages:
R351-R352
Publication date:
2010-04-01
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EISSN:
1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
Language:
English
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uuid:f7c4dbcc-def6-4c9e-917f-e10cb86ffc56
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210220
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2012-12-19

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