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There are two major problems with the way parental care is commonly studied: first, parental care is typically investigated in species with complex/derived family life (e.g. mammals, birds and eusocial insects), while systems with simple/ancestral forms of family life (e.g. many 'subsocial' insects such as earwigs and burying beetles) are neglected. Second, parental care is typically studied from a 'synchronic' perspective that focuses on the current benefits and costs of care, and thus neglects how the fitness effects of care changed over evolutionary times.


This publication arose from the discussion of my PhD thesis, and summarizes most of the work I did during my PhD.

Dr Jos Kramer
ETH Zurich, D-USYS

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This page is a summary of: The other facets of family life and their role in the evolution of animal sociality, Biological Reviews, July 2018, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/brv.12443.
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