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Cooperative breeding refers to a social system in which individuals other than the parents provide care for the offspring. Since individuals delay breeding and invest in the offspring of others, cooperative breeding poses a challenge to a Darwinian explanation of the evolution of social behaviour. The contributors to this book, which is the first to be dedicated exclusively to the phenomenon, explore the evolutionary, ecological, behavioural, and physiological aspects of cooperative breeding in mammals.
First published in 1997.
This volume is the first on cooperative breeding in mammals, and it will consequently serve as a landmark in the field. Jerram L. Brown, The Quarterly Review of Biology "...an important reference for behavioral ecologists, ethologists, physiologists, and mamalogists. It should be read by ornithologists who wish to avoid 'taxonomic tunnel vision'" Jerram L. Brown, The Quarterly Review of Biology
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