Females mate with many male partners to protect their offspring from infanticide

November 16, 2014 8:21 AM

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Females mate with many male partners to protect their offspring from infanticide

Researchers have found that that infanticide by male mammals is common where the females live in social groups dominated by one or few males.

In order to determine this, they examined observational studies of 260 mammal species to show male infanticide occurs when sexual conflict is the most intense. They examined 119 mammals that actually practice infanticide as well as 141 species that do not. Their survey only included those observatio...

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