I have learned that only humans and whales go through menopause.

@oakreef Interesting! Both long lived, highly social, cultural.
I've seen it convincingly argued that menopause is a social trait, allows the most experienced members of a group to share attention/experience with the youngest generation. In humans, given the extraordinarily high mortality rate of women in childbirth, probably also drastically improved life expectancy for the most valuable minds in a community.

@oakreef Wait, only *humans*? Not even other primates? That's odd

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@seachaint Yes only humans and certain species of whales. It's very rare apparently.

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@oakreef Weird! And it's hard to accept it could be accidental - unless it provides some benefit, it's reducing fertility for nothing. It's got to be for _something_.

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