Some female mammals turn promiscuous to protect offspring

November 16, 2014 3:38 PM

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In mammal species among which infanticide by males is common, females turn promiscuous as part of strategy to confuse paternity and protect their offspring, a new study says.

By confusing the paternity of the infants with the help of a process known as "paternity dilution", any act of infanticide committed by the male raises the possibility of he killing his own offspring.

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