cooperative breeding


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cooperative breeding

any breeding system in which the true parents of a group of offspring are assisted in their rearing by other, unrelated, adults.
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The behavior is called cooperative breeding and is concentrated in geographic hot spots.
This system of vocal learning production may be linked to the idea that an infant that more quickly produces adult-sounding calls is more likely to get care from a caregiver in a cooperative breeding environment where multiple individuals could be that caregiver in addition to the parents," Ghazanfar says.
To determine if cooperative breeding occurs in populations unassociated with humans, we surveyed two natural populations in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western China.
The choice of cooperative breeding is thought to be affected by several factors.
Avian mating systems in which more than two individuals provide parental care are classified as cooperative breeding systems (Stacey and Koenig, 1990; Emlen, 1991).
Here we report three instances of likely cooperative breeding of Vanellus miles on Phillip Island between 18 July and 13 September 2012.
She suggests that cooperative breeding, in which group members help rear the offspring of others, may have led to the development of higher cognitive social skills (e.
Hall of the Australian National University, have conducted a long-term study of the cooperative breeding behaviour of fairy-wrens in tropical Australia.
Among the topics are defining behavioral modernity in the context of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human populations, cooperative breeding and its significance to the demographic success of humans, the semiotics of brand, anthropological perspectives on structural adjustment and public health, the commodification of language, and anthropology and the study of autism.
The key to our humanity, says the author, was group child rearing also called cooperative breeding or " allocare".
Cooperative breeding enabled hominins to wean babies sooner, and mothers could concentrate on keeping themselves fed.
Craig and Hulley (2004) noted that many species with a coloured iris are cooperative breeders, and cooperative breeding has been reported in the Brazilian tanager (Sick 1997).

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