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Menopause for killer whales involves mother-daughter conflict: study

CJME Roddy PiperRoddy Piper
Thursday, 12 January 2017 ()

*By The Canadian Press*

VICTORIA — A study released today says mother-daughter conflicts over competition and co-operation are helping explain why killer whales go through menopause.

Killer whales are one of only three species, including humans, who go through menopause, often living for decades after giving birth to their final calf.

Research published today by Canadian, American and British whale experts in the journal Current Biology examines the links between menopause and the relationships... // Read Full Article
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A forty-year study of a population of killer whales off the US Pacific coast has helped British researchers to solve an evolutionary mystery.

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