The Evolution of Alloparental Care and Adoption in Mammals and Birds

@article{Riedman1982TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Alloparental Care and Adoption in Mammals and Birds},
  author={M. Riedman},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1982},
  volume={57},
  pages={405 - 435}
}
  • M. Riedman
  • Published 1982
  • Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Alloparental care and adoption of young, aparently altruistic and reproductively costly behaviors, have been reported in over 120 mammalian and 150 avian species. Members of these taxonomically and ecologically diverse species often share similar behavioral and sociecological strategies in parental care, and may practice strikingly convergent forms of allopareting, such as "babysitting" behavior. Individuals that care for alien young may acquire selective advantages associated with increased… Expand
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