Scientists have long believed the years of childhood and adolescence, in which parents provide and care for their offspring, and give us the time and opportunity to explore, create and learn, allows us to learn complicated skills we otherwise would not be able to develop.
Across the animal kingdom, such extended childhoods are not common. But there are other species who take longer to reach maturity, including elephants, dolphins, whales, some bats, and a few species of birds, notably corvids – the crow family.
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