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The ins and outs of the lifecycle

Animal kingdoms are knitted together by how they reproduce – but while the process is the same, building a life from mammal to mammal couldn't be more different.

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By Daniela Scharffenberg & Klaas Neumann & Katja Guenther
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HUMAN

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 12 years
Pregnany Duration: 9 months

ORCA

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 11 years
Pregnany Duration: 16,5 months

ELEPHANT

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 11 years
Pregnany Duration: 22 months

CHIMPANZEE

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 9 years
Pregnany Duration: 7,5 months

DOLPHIN

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 13,5 years
Pregnany Duration: 11 months

POLAR BEAR

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 5 years
Pregnany Duration: 7,5 months

GIRAFFE

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 3,5 years
Pregnany Duration: 15 months

GERMAN SHEPERD

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 0,6 years
Pregnany Duration: 2.2 months

HORSE

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 2.5 years
Pregnany Duration: 11 months

SHEEP

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 1.5 years
Pregnany Duration: 5 months

PIG

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 0.5 years
Pregnany Duration: 3.5 months

MOUSE

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 0.12 years
Pregnany Duration: 0.63 months

RABBIT

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Age of Sexual Maturity: 0.7 years
Pregnany Duration: 1 months

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