Parental investment theory: The role of past investment.

@article{Coleman1991ParentalIT,
  title={Parental investment theory: The role of past investment.},
  author={Ronald M. Coleman and Martyn Gross},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={1991},
  volume={6 12},
  pages={
          404-6
        }
}
The role of past investment in parental-care behaviour has often been controversial. Some researchers have argued that organisms basing present investment on past investment are committing the 'Concorde fallacy'. Others have incorporated life history theory to suggest that investing according to past investment is one component of investing according to expected future reproductive success: a parent can use past investment as well as other information, such as brood size, to make its optimal… CONTINUE READING
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