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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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Patterns of parental care in vertebrates

Patterns of parental care in vertebrates

(p.62) Chapter 4 Patterns of parental care in vertebrates
The Evolution of Parental Care

Sigal Balshine

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a descriptive overview of parental care behaviour, covering the forms of care that are generally observed across fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Special attention is paid to the evolution of viviparity (internal incubation) and lactation. The evolution of different modes of care (e.g., male only care, female only care, biparental care) and the evolutionary transitions in the parental care is also discussed. The chapter concludes with a brief review of the evolution of parental care in humans. Whenever possible, new comparative and molecular studies are highlighted, which shed light on the evolution and maintenance of parental care and link patterns across the different species and classes of vertebrates.

Keywords:   fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, viviparity, parental care

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