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Curr Biol. 2011 Mar 8;21(5):R195-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.01.044.

Cooperative breeding: a question of climate?

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Division of Evolution Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. andrew.cockburn@anu.edu.au

Abstract

In some species, including humans, parents receive help with offspring care. A new comparative study suggests that birds breed cooperatively when environmental conditions vary. Further empirical and theoretical work will be required to understand the evolutionary significance of this insight.

PMID:
21377098
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2011.01.044
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