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Monkey Mamas Just as Silly as Human Mamas, Study Shows

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Monkey Mamas Just as Silly as Human Mamas, Study Shows

"Hold still! Gotta get this French braid just right."

In a study of monkey moms and newborns that may shed fresh light on the evolutionary underpinnings of mother-child bonding, National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers have discovered amazing similarities between how the Rhesus monkeys interact with their newborns compared to humans with theirs.

We all fawn, coo and buy them way too many bucket hats at babyGap.

Having observed more than a dozen mother-newborn macaque pairs during the first couple months of the infants’ lives, NIH scientists also documented long, fixed gazes, exaggerated facial expressions, and a lip-smacking touch that the scientists believe could indicate the evolutionary basis of what we know as a kiss.


Certainly preferable to the way crocodiles often interact with their babies: *CHOMP*  *CHOMP*  (Well, they need something to wash down the neighbor’s dog.)

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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