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    non-specific debilitating effects of delayed weaning

    Early-weaned kittens developed predatory behaviour sooner than normally weaned kittens and were more likely to become mouse-killers (Tan & Counsilman, 1985). Conversely, late-weaning was associated with delayed development of predatory behaviour and a reduced propensity to kill mice, although these effects might have been due to non-specific debilitating effects of delayed weaning. In general, these results fit with the notion that the development of predatory behaviour is linked in an adaptive way to the time of weaning; in other words, that it develops when it is needed.
    (The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour)

    Would you be so kind as to explain to me what new (contrasting, surprising or modifying the strength of the statement in the main clause, as indicated by 'although') information is conveyed by the part in bold (late-weaning is associated with delayed development of predatory behaviour; delayed development of predatory behaviour might be due to effects of delayed weaning -- they sound almost identical to me)?

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    Re: non-specific debilitating effects of delayed weaning

    It doesn't make sense to me.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: non-specific debilitating effects of delayed weaning

    To me it means that, although the Tan & Counsilman 1985 study/paper found that late weaning was associated with delayed predatory behaviour, the development of delayed predatory behaviour may actually have been caused by non-specific ailments also associated with late weaning.

    The bold text above is the additional information indicated by "although" in the paragraph you posted.

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