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Experimental evidence for convergent evolution of maternal care heuristics in industrialized and small-scale populations

Kushnick, Geoff; Hanowell, Ben; Kim, Jun-Hong; Langstieh, Banrida; Magnano, Vittorio; Olah, Katalin

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Maternal care decision rules should evolve responsiveness to factors impinging on the fitness pay-offs of care. Because the caretaking environments common in industrialized and small-scale societies vary in predictable ways, we hypothesize that heuristics guiding maternal behaviour will also differ between these two types of populations. We used a factorial vignette experiment to elicit third-party judgements about likely caretaking decisions of a hypothetical mother and her child when various...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/17842
Source: Royal Society Open Science
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140518

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