The Evolution of Parental Care: by T. H. Clutton-Brock | 9780691025162 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Evolution of Parental Care:

The Evolution of Parental Care:

by T. H. Clutton-Brock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691025169

ISBN-13: 9780691025162

Pub. Date: 03/01/1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Synthesizing studies of parental care in a wide variety of animals, this book is the first attempt to provide general answers to the following important questions: Why does the extent of parental care vary so widely between species? Why do only females care for eggs and young in some animals, only males in others, and both parents in a few? To what extent is

Overview

Synthesizing studies of parental care in a wide variety of animals, this book is the first attempt to provide general answers to the following important questions: Why does the extent of parental care vary so widely between species? Why do only females care for eggs and young in some animals, only males in others, and both parents in a few? To what extent is parental care adjusted to variation in its benefits to offspring and its costs to parents? How do parents divide their resources between their sons and daughters? In this book separate chapters examine the evolution of variation in egg and neonate size, of viviparity and other forms of bearing, and of differences in the duration of incubation, gestation, and lactation. The book reviews theoretical and empirical predictions concerning the evolution of parental care and examines the extent to which these are supported by empirical evidence. The author examines the distribution of parental care among offspring, reviews the empirical evidence that parents invest to different extents in their sons and daughters, and discusses the degree to which parents manipulate the sex ratio of their progeny in relation to the availability of resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691025162
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1991
Series:
Monographs in Behavior and Ecology Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.89(d)

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