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The Evolution of Parental Care$
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Nick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth, and Mathias Kölliker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199692576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692576.001.0001

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Cooperative breeding systems

Cooperative breeding systems

(p.206) Chapter 12 Cooperative breeding systems
The Evolution of Parental Care

Michael A. Cant

Oxford University Press

Cooperative breeding species are those where adult group members routinely invest care and effort raising offspring that are not their own. These systems have proved to be excellent models to test theory about the evolution of altruism and cooperation, and to investigate how evolutionary conflict is resolved among cooperators. This chapter reviews current knowledge of four topics which are of interest to researchers working on both insect and vertebrate systems: evolutionary routes to cooperative breeding; selection for helping behaviour; behavioural negotiation over help; and reproductive conflict. Although there have been great steps forward in our understanding of cooperative breeders the last forty years, many outstanding questions about life history and behaviour remain. One limitation of research to date has been a shortage of experimental manipulations to investigate the degree to which helping and reproduction is socially controlled. Future research could capitalize on the detailed information from long-term studies to investigate social and transgenerational influences on health and life history.

Keywords:   cooperation, reproductive conflict, cooperative breeding, transgenerational influences, helping behaviour

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