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The Evolution of Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates

Komdeur, Jan; Richardson, David S.; Hammers, Martijn; Eikenaar, Cas; Brouwer, Lyanne; Kingma, Sjouke A.


Cooperative breeding – in which some sexually mature individuals forgo independent breeding, join a group as subordinate and help to raise the offspring of others – occurs in at least 3% (mammals) and 9% (birds) of vertebrates. Because helping others is costly, this behaviour contradicts the concept of ‘selfish’ natural selection. The intriguing evolutionary paradox of such seemingly altruistic behaviour has, therefore, been the focus of much study aiming to unravelling the evolutionary drivers...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0021218.pub2


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