The Evolution of Begging

  title={The Evolution of Begging},
  author={Marty L. Leonard},
  booktitle={Springer Netherlands},
Parental feeding of young is often accompanied by striking begging displays on the part of offspring. These displays are now widely thought to function as signals of need; in other words, they serve to elicit additional resources from parents by advertising the benefits that offspring thereby stand to gain. Sib-sib and parent-offspring conflicts over resource allocation, however, favour misrepresentation of need. Consequently, signalling models have focused on signal cost as a means to maintain… CONTINUE READING