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  1. devans
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    mammals -vs- reptiles

    When a human baby is born it needs nurturing from its mother for a certain amount of time B4 it becomes self sufficient, as does an elephant, for example. Reptiles are "born ready" and need no nurturing. There is a TERM for this...what is this called?

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    'altricial' vs 'precocial'-- but I'm not sure whether these terms are used with all animal groups; they are usually applied to different types of birds (chickens are precocial; sparrows are altricial).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    'altricial' vs 'precocial'-- but I'm not sure whether these terms are used with all animal groups; they are usually applied to different types of birds (chickens are precocial; sparrows are altricial).
    Good answer. I believe that "precocial" is used for reptiles and amphibians as well as for birds.

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    . . . on the other hand, I was a precocious child. . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    'altricial' vs 'precocial'-- but I'm not sure whether these terms are used with all animal groups; they are usually applied to different types of birds (chickens are precocial; sparrows are altricial).
    Thanks! I was wondering what the term was. A++ :D

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    In biology, precocial species are those that are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth or hatching. The opposite of precocial is altricial. The distinction between precocial and altricial species is particularly sharp in birds. Precociality is of course also found in other groups. Familiar examples of precocial mammals are most ungulates, the guinea pig, and most species of hare.

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    And hare's to you, Cassy! Good work-- I often forget that sources of information exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    And hare's to you, Cassy! Good work-- I often forget that sources of information exist.
    ohmygawd! Let the source be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    In biology, precocial species are those that are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth or hatching.
    Not me then.

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