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Monkey mothers coo over newborns

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The intense interactions between mothers and newborns might not just be limited to humans, scientists report.

Researchers have discovered that the way rhesus macaque mothers bond with their babies strikes a remarkable resemblance to human behaviour.

The females make exaggerated facial expressions, kiss-like contacts and gaze intently at their babies.

The study, published in Current Biology, could help trace the origins of the mother-infant bond.

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