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The Evolution of Parental Care
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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

Bibliographic Information

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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