Why Do Cuckolded Males Provide Paternal Care?

  title={Why Do Cuckolded Males Provide Paternal Care?},
  author={Ashleigh S Griffin and Suzanne H. Alonzo and Charlie K. Cornwallis},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
In most species, males do not abandon offspring or reduce paternal care when they are cuckolded by other males. This apparent lack of adjustment of paternal investment with the likelihood of paternity presents a potential challenge to our understanding of what drives selection for paternal care. In a comparative analysis across birds, fish, mammals, and insects we identify key factors that explain why cuckolded males in many species do not reduce paternal care. Specifically, we show that… CONTINUE READING
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