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Lyanne Brouwer, Martijn van de Pol and Andrew Cockburn The role of social environment on parental care: offspring benefit more from the presence of female than male helpers Journal of Animal Ecology 83

Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12143

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Previous studies on parental care in cooperative breeders have focused on effects of group size on an individual's investment. Here the authors propose the ‘Social Environment’ hypothesis, which states that the type of helpers (specified by e.g. their sex or personality) present in the group will affect an individual's investment strategy.

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