Family insurance: kin selection and cooperative breeding in a solitary primate (Microcebus murinus)

  title={Family insurance: kin selection and cooperative breeding in a solitary primate (Microcebus murinus)},
  author={Manfred Eberle and Peter M Kappeler},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Lactation imposes substantial physiological costs on mothers and should therefore not be directed towards foreign offspring. Such allonursing, however, is common in mammal species that share roosts. Hypotheses to explain allonursing among such plural breeders include misdirected parental care, milk evacuation, brood parasitism, reciprocity, and kin selection. The necessary behavioral data, in combination with data on kinship and kin recognition, have rarely been available to distinguish among… CONTINUE READING


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 44 extracted citations


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 54 references

Immobilization and anesthesia of nonhuman primates

S Rensing
Primate Rep • 1999
View 1 Excerpt
Highly Influenced

An evolutionary theory of the family.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America • 1995
View 4 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Adoption in Anthropoid primates

International Journal of Primatology • 2007
View 1 Excerpt

Ecology and evolution of cooperative breeding in birds

WD Koenig, JL Dickinson
View 1 Excerpt

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…