Stress and the suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperatively breeding meerkats.

@article{Young2006StressAT,
  title={Stress and the suppression of subordinate reproduction in cooperatively breeding meerkats.},
  author={Andrew J. Young and Anne A. Carlson and Steven L. Monfort and Andrew I. Russell and Nigel C Bennett and Tim H Clutton-Brock},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={103 32},
  pages={12005-10}
}
In many animal societies, dominant individuals monopolize reproduction, but the tactics they employ to achieve this are poorly understood. One possibility is that aggressive dominants render their subordinates infertile by inducing chronic physiological "stress." However, this hypothesis has been discarded largely for cooperatively breeding species, where reproductive monopolies are often extreme. Here we provide strong support for the stress-related suppression hypothesis in a cooperative… CONTINUE READING
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