Looking for a short story where time is accelerated on a planet. The characters are actually born at the beginning of the story and then grow up quickly and inadvertently learn that their forebears came from a rocket ship nearby. After having aged to "teenagers" they try to reach the ship? At some point there is a war between confused aging survivors.

I think it was in a compilation which included a story called "Cousins".


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Could it be Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire (1946)? See this question.

According to Wikipedia:

Placed there by a past rocket ship that crashed, the people of the storied land are within sight of another rocket ship on a distant mountain plateau. The plot follows Sim, the protagonist of this story, and his apparently short life on a planet where people are cursed by radiation to live only eight days.

You most likely read this in R is for Rocket.

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    Right! This is it! Thank you so much it is Bradbury. I dropped the original book into a toilet in Cancun many years ago.
    – user24760
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 9:08

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