Cooperative Care of Young in Mammals

@article{Knig1997CooperativeCO,
  title={Cooperative Care of Young in Mammals},
  author={Barbara K{\"o}nig},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={1997},
  volume={84},
  pages={95-104}
}
  • B. König
  • Published 1 March 1997
  • Biology
  • Naturwissenschaften
The provision of care to non-offspring in animal societies has attracted substantial scientific attention because of its apparent contradiction to the concept of individual selection. In mammals such cooperative care of alien young has been described for both non-breeding and breeding females. I first review the types of non-offspring care that are known from mammals and then discuss the actual and potential fitness benefits and costs for the donors and recipients of this cooperative behaviour… 

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