Female Dominance and Maternal Investment in Strepsirhine Primates

  title={Female Dominance and Maternal Investment in Strepsirhine Primates},
  author={Andrew L. Young and Alison F. Richard and Leslie C. Aiello},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  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… 
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