Sexual conflict reduces offspring fitness in zebra finches

@article{Royle2002SexualCR,
  title={Sexual conflict reduces offspring fitness in zebra finches},
  author={Nick J. Royle and Ian R. Hartley and G. A. Parker},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={416},
  pages={733-736}
}
Parental care is often costly; hence, in sexually reproducing species where both male and female parents rear their offspring (biparental care), sexual conflict over parental investment can arise. Such conflict occurs because each care-giver would benefit from withholding parental investment for use with another partner, leading to a reduction in the amount of care given by one parent at the expense of the other. Here we report experiments to explore the prediction from theory that parents… CONTINUE READING
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