Dominance in Vertebrate Broods and Litters

  title={Dominance in Vertebrate Broods and Litters},
  author={Hugh Drummond},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={3 - 32}
  • H. Drummond
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Biology, Psychology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Drawing on the concepts and theory of dominance in adult vertebrates, this article categorizes the relationships of dominance between infant siblings, identifies the behavioral mechanisms that give rise to those relationships, and proposes a model to explain their evolution. Dominance relationships in avian broods can be classified according to the agonistic roles of dominants and subordinates as “aggression‐submission,” “aggression‐resistance,” “aggression‐aggression,” “aggression‐avoidance… 
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