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Cooperate or speciate: new theory for the distribution of passerine birds

Heinsohn, Robert; Double, Michael

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In cooperatively breeding birds, adults often forego reproduction and help care for the offspring of others. A universal explanation for this mode of breeding has eluded evolutionary biologists, who have considered it to be a rare, and largely Australian, phenomenon. In a recent paper, Andrew Cockburn reports that the number of known cooperative breeders among oscine passerine birds has more than doubled since the last substantial review, published 16 years ago. Cooperative breeding is often...[Show more]

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Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/75718
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2003.12.001

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