The evolution of parental care: Summary, conclusions and implications

Nick J. Royle, Per Smiseth, Mathias Kölliker

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Abstract / Description of output

Parental care includes a wide variety of traits that enhance offspring development and survival. It is taxonomically widespread and is central to the maintenance of biodiversity through its close association with other phenomena such as sexual selection, life-history evolution, sex allocation, sociality, cooperation and conflict, growth and development, genetic architecture, and phenotypic plasticity. This novel book provides a fresh perspective on the study of the evolution of parental care based on contributions from some of the top researchers in the field. It provides evidence that the dynamic nature of family interactions, and particularly the potential for co-evolution among family members, has contributed to the great diversity of forms of parental care and life-histories across as well as within taxa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Evolution of Parental Care
EditorsNick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth, Mathias Kölliker
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-969258-3, 978-0-19-969257-6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • parental care
  • biodiversity
  • sexual selection
  • life-history evolution
  • sex allocation
  • sociality
  • cooperation
  • conflict
  • growth
  • genetic architecture


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