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Longer Breast-Feeding May Be Key to Bigger Brains
Date:3/30/2011

. However, our findings suggest that the slow-down in life histories is directly related to the costs rather than the benefits of growing a large brain. The necessary benefits to offset these costs could come in other ways, such as improving specific perceptual and cognitive abilities, rather than through some generalized flexibility," he explained.

The study was published in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more about breast-feeding.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Durham University, news release, March 28, 2011


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