Honest begging: expanding from Signal of Need

  title={Honest begging: expanding from Signal of Need},
  author={D. Mock and M. Dugas and Stephanie A. Strickler},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  • D. Mock, M. Dugas, Stephanie A. Strickler
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Overt soliciting for parental resources, primarily food, is often explained as having evolved to express the fitness gain a signaling offspring would derive from a favorable parental response. This Signal of Need model makes 4 unheralded assumptions: 1) that parents' life-history objective is egalitarian; 2) that contemporaneous siblings participate nepotistically; 3) that dependent young can assess their own reproductive value from internal sources; and 4) that the morphological and behavioral… CONTINUE READING
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