Female Dominance and Maternal Investment in Strepsirhine Primates

@article{Young1990FemaleDA,
  title={Female Dominance and Maternal Investment in Strepsirhine Primates},
  author={A. Young and A. Richard and L. Aiello},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1990},
  volume={135},
  pages={473 - 488}
}
Prenatal maternal-investment rate (litter weight divided by gestation) was found to be the best available predictor of female dominance in primates. The female-dominant Malagasy lemurs are unique in their combination of a relatively low basal metabolic rate and a relatively high rate of prenatal maternal investment. The relationship between maternal investment and basal metabolic rate in strep-sirhines supports the hypothesis that lemurs raise their basal metabolic rate during reproduction and… Expand
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