Journal article icon

Journal article

Kin discrimination and the benefit of helping in cooperatively breeding vertebrates.

Abstract:

In many cooperatively breeding vertebrates, a dominant breeding pair is assisted in offspring care by nonbreeding helpers. A leading explanation for this altruistic behavior is Hamilton's idea that helpers gain indirect fitness benefits by rearing relatives (kin selection). Many studies have shown that helpers typically provide care for relatives, but relatively few have shown that helpers provide closer kin with preferential care (kin discrimination), fueling the suggestion that kin selectio...

Expand abstract
Publication status:
Published

Actions


Access Document


Publisher copy:
10.1126/science.1089402

Authors


More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Volume:
302
Issue:
5645
Pages:
634-636
Publication date:
2003-10-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1095-9203
ISSN:
0036-8075
URN:
uuid:438dfc7f-f19a-4380-8469-34695bc2e282
Source identifiers:
249325
Local pid:
pubs:249325

Terms of use


Metrics



If you are the owner of this record, you can report an update to it here: Report update to this record

TO TOP