By Solomon N.G., French J.A. (eds.)

Cooperative breeding refers to a social procedure during which participants except the oldsters supply deal with the offspring. seeing that contributors hold up breeding and put money into the offspring of others, cooperative breeding poses a problem to a Darwinian rationalization of the evolution of social habit. The participants to this publication discover the evolutionary, ecological, behavioral, and physiological foundation of cooperative breeding in mammals. The ebook incorporates a choice of chapters by means of the top researchers within the box, and it's the first publication committed solely to the examine of mammalian cooperative breeding.

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Cooperative breeding refers to a social process during which members except the fogeys supply take care of the offspring. seeing that members hold up breeding and put money into the offspring of others, cooperative breeding poses a problem to a Darwinian clarification of the evolution of social habit. The participants to this ebook discover the evolutionary, ecological, behavioral, and physiological foundation of cooperative breeding in mammals.

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