Meerkat helpers do not specialize in particular activities

  title={Meerkat helpers do not specialize in particular activities},
  author={Tim H. Clutton‐Brock and Andrew F Russell and Lynda L. Sharpe},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Differences in the relative contributions of individual helpers to cooperative activities in vertebrate societies are sometimes interpreted as evidence of functional specialization and have been compared with the incipient subcaste systems found in some social insects. However, it is not yet clear whether some helpers specialize in particular tasks throughout their life span or whether variation in cooperative behaviour represents a temporary, age-related polyethism. We describe the development… 
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