Female transfer and inbreeding avoidance in social mammals

  title={Female transfer and inbreeding avoidance in social mammals},
  author={Tim H Clutton-Brock},
In most social mammals, males leave their natal group to breed in other groups whereas females commonly remain in the same group throughout their lives1. In a few species however, females usually transfer between groups during adolescence1. The functional significance of sex differences in dispersal and their connection, if any, to the avoidance of inbreeding is disputed2–7. Here I show that in polygynous mammals where females commonly remain to breed in their natal group, thdr average age at… CONTINUE READING
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