Another genetically promiscuous ‘polygynous’ mammal: mating system variation in Neotoma fuscipes

@article{McEachern2009AnotherGP,
  title={Another genetically promiscuous ‘polygynous’ mammal: mating system variation in Neotoma fuscipes
},
  author={Mary Brooke McEachern and Richard McElreath and Dirk H. Van Vuren and John M. Eadie},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2009},
  volume={77},
  pages={449-455}
}
Polygyny is widely thought to be the dominant mating system in mammals. [...] Key Method Contrary to expectation, there was little support for polygyny at the genetic level. Instead, the study populations were characterized by promiscuity and monogamy, in both males and females. At higher densities, variance in the numbers of mates and offspring were higher in breeding males than in females, as is often observed. However, this trend was reversed in low-density, coniferous forest habitat. Model selection…Expand

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