Cannibalism and Infectious Disease: Friends or Foes?

@article{Allen2017CannibalismAI,
  title={Cannibalism and Infectious Disease: Friends or Foes?},
  author={Benjamin G Van Allen and Forrest P. Dillemuth and Andrew J. Flick and Matthew J Faldyn and D. Clark and V. H. W. Rudolf and B. Elderd},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2017},
  volume={190},
  pages={299 - 312}
}
  • Benjamin G Van Allen, Forrest P. Dillemuth, +4 authors B. Elderd
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
  • Cannibalism occurs in a majority of both carnivorous and noncarnivorous animal taxa from invertebrates to mammals. Similarly, infectious parasites are ubiquitous in nature. Thus, interactions between cannibalism and disease occur regularly. While some adaptive benefits of cannibalism are clear, the prevailing view is that the risk of parasite transmission due to cannibalism would increase disease spread and, thus, limit the evolutionary extent of cannibalism throughout the animal kingdom. In… CONTINUE READING
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