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

@article{Eberle2006FamilyIK,
  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},
  year={2006},
  volume={60},
  pages={582-588}
}
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

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