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Science. 1982 Mar 5;215(4537):1270-2.

The regulation of infanticide and parental behavior: implications for reproductive success in male mice.

Abstract

Infanticide has been proposed to be a pathological response to overcrowding or other forms of environmental stress and thus a maladaptive behavior. However, in male house mice this behavior is predictable and is modulated by learning. Committing infanticide can increase a male's reproductive success and in some situations may therefore be an adaptive behavior.

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