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Jean-Michel Gaillard, Erlend B. Nilsen, John Odden, Henrik Andrén and John D. C. Linnell One size fits all: Eurasian lynx females share a common optimal litter size Journal of Animal Ecology 83

Article first published online: 16 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12110

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Twinning in Eurasian lynx has evolved as a bet-hedging life history tactic in response to high unpredictability of food supply during lactation. Here it is shown that a litter size of two leads to more recruits and much lower variance in recruitment than larger litters, resulting in a fitness advantage for females producing twins.

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