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Menopause in whales

Someone who visited my recent blog on evolutionary aspects of menopause in humans led me to this short article in TREE (briefly discussed in the blog Gene Expression), which notes that, in many whales, female "reproduction ceases at approximately 40 years of age, although females routinely live on for several more decades." It's suggested that they help their daughters by providing wisdom.

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Just trying to read on about menopause in whales, fascinating. That I was shunted to a comment is a software problem, no?

Sorry, Don. I was trying to be clever and put the punchline, "wisdom" below the fold. I've fixed it. See the TREE link for details.

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