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When to care for, abandon, or eat your offspring: the evolution of parental care and filial cannibalism.

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Parental care and filial cannibalism (the consumption of one's own offspring) co-occur in many animals. While parental care typically increases offspring survival, filial cannibalism involves the killing of one's young. Using an evolutionary ecology approach, we evaluate the importance of a range of factors on the evolution of parental care and filial cannibalism. Parental care, no care/total abandonment, and filial cannibalism evolved and often coexisted over a range of parameter space. Whil...

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10.1086/522936

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
The American naturalist
Volume:
170
Issue:
6
Pages:
886-901
Publication date:
2007-12-05
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EISSN:
1537-5323
ISSN:
0003-0147
URN:
uuid:c18400c2-182c-484e-af75-92893becc69f
Source identifiers:
209321
Local pid:
pubs:209321

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