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The Evolution of Parental Care

Nick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth, and Mathias Kölliker


Parental care includes a wide variety of traits that enhance offspring development and survival. It is taxonomically widespread and is central to the maintenance of biodiversity through its close association with other phenomena such as sexual selection, life-history evolution, sex allocation, sociality, cooperation and conflict, growth and development, genetic architecture, and phenotypic plasticity. This novel book provides a fresh perspective on the study of the evolution of parental care based on contributions from some of the top researchers in the field. It provides evidence that the dyn ... More

Keywords: parental care, biodiversity, sexual selection, life-history evolution, sex allocation, sociality, cooperation, conflict, growth, genetic architecture

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick J. Royle, editor
Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

Per T. Smiseth, editor
Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mathias Kölliker, author
Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology and Evolution, University of Basel

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Chapter 1 What is parental care?

Per T. Smiseth, Mathias Kölliker, and Nick J. Royle

Section I Origin and Evolution of Parental Care

Chapter 2 Theoretical foundations of parental care

Hope Klug, Suzanne H. Alonzo, and Michael B. Bonsall

Chapter 3 Benefits and costs of parental care

Carlos Alonso‐Alvarez, and Alberto Velando

Chapter 6 Sex differences in parental care

Hanna Kokko, and Michael D. Jennions

Section II Conflict and Cooperation in Parental Care

Chapter 7 Parent–offspring conflict

Rebecca M. Kilner, and Camilla A. Hinde

Chapter 9 Sexual conflict

C. M. Lessells

Chapter 11 Paternity, maternity, and parental care

Suzanne H. Alonzo, and Hope Klug

Chapter 13 Brood parasitism

Claire N. Spottiswoode, Rebecca M. Kilner, and Nicholas B. Davies

Section III Evolutionary Genetics of Parental Care

Chapter 16 Parent–offspring co‐adaptation

Mathias Kölliker, Nick J. Royle, and Per T. Smiseth

Chapter 17 Genetics and epigenetics of parental care

Frances A. Champagne, and James P. Curley

Section IV Conclusions

Chapter 18 The evolution of parental care: summary, conclusions, and implications

Nick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth, and Mathias Kölliker

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