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Adaptive Secondary Sex Ratio Adjustments via Sex-Specific Infanticide in a Bird

Heinsohn, Robert; Langmore, Naomi; Cockburn, Andrew; Kokko, Hanna


Infanticide is easiest to understand when it involves killing the offspring of others [1], but a parent may also kill its own offspring if the sacrifice of currently dependent young leads to higher survival of brood mates [2] or an improvement in the parent's likely future reproduction [3]. However, sex-specific infanticide by parents of their own offspring, although occurring in some human societies [4], is rare across species. Its rarity may be because killing one sex combines wasted parental...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.064


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