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Mongooses Synchronize Births To Escape Infanticide
2013-12-24 07:28:41

University of Exeter Some mammals may have evolved to synchronize births as a way of evading the threat of infanticide, according to a study led by the University of Exeter. To ensure groups remain productive, some social animals 'police' selfish reproduction by subordinate animals by killing any offspring they produce. For example, in honeybees and other social insects some workers lay their own eggs, but these are identified and killed by the rest of the workforce. The new study...

2013-10-08 09:46:13

Subordinate female meerkats who try to breed often lose their offspring to infanticide by the dominant female or are evicted from the group. These recently bereaved or ostracized mothers may then become wet-nurses for the dominant female, an activity that may be a form of "rent" that allows them to remain in the community. Wet-nursing another mother's offspring – called allolactation – occurs across a variety of mammals and is thought to provide survival benefits to the nursed...

Monogamy Evolved As A Mating Strategy
2013-07-30 05:38:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The evolution of monogamy among male mammals appears to have been triggered by the threat of infants being killed by unrelated males, researchers reported on Monday in the journal PNAS. The study is the first to reveal this evolutionary pathway for the emergence of pair living, and contradicts the theory monogamy resulted from a need for extra parental care by the father. The researchers also found males were more likely to...

2012-12-05 14:43:10

Rates of reported neonaticide have more than halved following the implementation of a unique 'anonymous delivery' law in Austria, finds a new study published today (05 December) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Researchers, from the Medical University of Vienna, looked at the rates of reported neonaticide (where a child is killed within the first 24 hours of birth) in Austria prior to and after the implementation of the 'anonymous delivery' law which was...

The Good Old Boys (Primates’) Club
2012-07-12 12:22:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you´re a male and dad is not the head honcho, other men in your city are more likely to take you under their wing than your female siblings, lavishing attention on you and showing you how it´s done. If you're a male born to a father who's a strong and enduring community leader, you're far more likely than your less fortunate peers to become a leader yourself, due to the wide range of social advantages accruing from...

2012-07-11 06:06:35

If you're a male born to a father who's a strong and enduring community leader, you're far more likely than your less fortunate peers to become a leader yourself, due to the wide range of social advantages accruing from your dad's position. And even if your old man isn't a leader, other men in your community are more likely to take you under their wing than your sisters, lavishing attention on you and showing you the ropes. Sound like the basic description of an old boys' network?...

2012-04-16 22:21:08

Mothers born in India but living in Canada are significantly more likely to have male babies for their second and third births compared with women in Canada, found a new study of male:female ratios in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "Our findings raise questions about why there are more male liveborns than female liveborns among Indian couples who have had two or more previous babies," states Dr. Joel Ray, St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto. Researchers from...

2011-12-01 12:20:00

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, December 6th, Steven W. Mosher will testify in favor of a proposed ban on sex- and race-selective abortions before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Mosher, the President of the Population Research Institute, is an internationally recognized demographer and authority on China's one-child policy, which has resulted in the abortion and infanticide of tens of millions of Chinese...

2011-10-25 11:54:00

NEW DELHI, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The countdown has begun for the birth of 'Baby 7 Billion' in India, says global child rights organisation Plan International. On October 31, the day when the world population is projected to surpass seven billion, Plan will celebrate the birth of a girl near Lucknow, the capital of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. Plan International is using the occasion to draw the world's attention to India's growing gender gap. The...

2011-07-11 20:22:27

Brutal, non-parental infanticide in the black-billed magpie Finding their young dead in the nest is not uncommon for bird mothers. In many bird species some of the nestlings die before they leave the nest. This is known as "brood reduction", a common form of infanticide that the parents are to blame. On the other hand, witnessing a perpetrator killing their young is a very rare event for avian mothers. There have been suspected cases and some observations of this "non-parental infanticide" in...


Latest Infanticide Reference Libraries

Gray Langurs
2014-04-10 16:46:11

Gray langurs, also known as Hanuman langurs, are members of the Semnopithecus genus, which contains seven species of Old World monkeys. Members of this genus can be found in a large range on the Indian subcontinent, preferring to reside in forested areas or semi-wooded areas at low or moderate elevations, although some species can be found as high as 13,000 feet above sea level. Until 2001, Semnopithecus entellus was the only species classified within this genus. When it was separated into...

Stegodyphus lineatus
2014-04-07 14:12:35

Stegodyphus lineatus is the only European species belonging to the spider genus Stegodyphus. The males of this species are up to 12 millimeters long, while the females are up to 15 millimeters long. The coloration can range from whitish to almost black. In the majority of individuals, the opisthosoma is whitish with two broad black longitudinal stripes. The males and females look similar, but the male is usually richer in contrast and has a bulbous forehead. The species name is in...

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