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Reproduction in Mammals: General Overview

  1. Richard M Harrison

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001855



How to Cite

Harrison, R. M. 2001. Reproduction in Mammals: General Overview. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Tulane Regional Primate Research Center, Covington, Louisiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Reproduction in mammals is sexual and, with rare exceptions, fetal nutrition is provided via a placenta. The reproductive and developmental processes are similar in most mammalian species although the time of events can differ greatly.


  • oestrus;
  • menstrual cycle;
  • placentation;
  • seasonality;
  • fetal development