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May 31, 2020 - Psychology Today

Massive Mammals with Menopause

Massive Mammals with Menopause
Female Asian Elephant File Image: (c) Photabulous!

Whales and elephants shed new light on an evolutionary puzzle.

Around age 50, women abruptly become infertile in a striking and puzzling permanent “change of life” — menopause. Although age at menopause ranges from 42 to 56 between women, an average near 50 is remarkably consistent worldwide. This is hence a universal feature of our species, little affected by environmental influences.

Do other mammals have menopause?

Menopause has been widely regarded as uniquely human. Certainly, no other primate has anything like it, although some see the distinctive human condition as different only in degree.

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