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The cost of helping

Heinsohn, Robert; Legge, Sarah


Cooperative breeding in mammals, birds and fish has provided evolutionary biologists with a rich framework for studying the causes and consequences of group-based reproduction. Helping behaviour is especially enigmatic because it often entails an individual sacrificing personal reproduction while assisting others in their breeding attempts. The decision to help others to reproduce is affected by immediate and future costs analogous to those of direct reproduction, but these components of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/S0169-5347(98)01545-6


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