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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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Theoretical foundations of parental care

Theoretical foundations of parental care

(p.20) (p.21) Chapter 2 Theoretical foundations of parental care
The Evolution of Parental Care

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Suzanne H. Alonzo

Michael B. Bonsall

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This chapter provides an overview of the ultimate factors promoting the origin and maintenance of parental care. It focuses on theoretical treatments of parental care and discusses how verbal arguments, mathematical models, and the link between theory and data contribute to our conceptual understanding of parental care. Specifically, it addresses the following key questions: When should care be provided? Which sex should provide care? How much care should be provided and to whom? Why do we see a specific form of care behaviour in a given population or species? In addressing each of these questions, the chapter explicitly links theoretical predictions with empirical patterns and summarizes current understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of parental care. In doing so, it also identifies aspects of the evolution of parental care that are not yet fully understood. It concludes by discussing future avenues of research.

Keywords:   parental care, empirical patterns, verbal arguments, mathematical models, sex

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