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Why do humans grow up so slowly? Blame the brain

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | about 2 months ago

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Humans are late bloomers when compared with other primates—they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. But why? One widely accepted but hard-to-test theory is that children’s brains consume so much energy that they divert glucose from the rest of the body, slowing growth. Now, a clever study of glucose uptake and body growth in children confirms this “expensive tissue” hypothesis."
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