Parental Care: The Key to Understanding Endothermy and Other Convergent Features in Birds and Mammals

@article{Farmer2000ParentalCT,
  title={Parental Care: The Key to Understanding Endothermy and Other Convergent Features in Birds and Mammals},
  author={C G Farmer},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2000},
  volume={155},
  pages={326 - 334}
}
  • C. Farmer
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
Birds and mammals share a number of features that are remarkably similar but that have evolved independently. One of these characters, endothermy, has been suggested to have played a cardinal role in avian and mammalian evolution. I hypothesize that it is parental care, rather than endothermy, that is the key to understanding the amazing convergence between mammals and birds. Endothermy may have arisen as a consequence of selection for parental care because endothermy enables a parent to… Expand
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