Monogamy: Mating Strategies and Partnerships in Birds, Humans and Other Mammals

Ulrich H. Reichard, Christophe Boesch
Cambridge University Press, 11.09.2003 - 267 Seiten
Why do males of some species live with a single mate when they are capable of fertilizing more than one female's eggs? Why do some females pair only with one male, and not with several partners? Why do birds usually live in pairs and feed chicks together whilst mammals often live in larger groups with females rearing their young without male help? These questions form the central theme of this book. Social monogamy is a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that does not always correspond with reproductive monogamy, so a paired male may not necessarily be raising his own offspring. Exploring the variables influencing and maintaining the fascinating diversity of social, sexual and reproductive monogamous partnerships in birds, mammals and humans, this book provides clues to the biological roots of monogamy for students and researchers in behavioural ecology, evolutionary anthropology, primatology, zoology and ornithology.

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Monogamy past and present
Evolution of social monogamy
The evolution of monogamy mating relationships parental care and sexual selection
Mate guarding and the evolution of social monogamy in mammals
The evolution of social monogamy in primates
The evolution of social and reproductive monogamy in Peromyscus evidence from Peromyscus californicus the California mouse
Reproductive strategies of socially monogamous males and females
Social functions of copulation in the socially monogamous razorbill Alca torda
Social monogamy and social polygyny in a solitary ungulate the Japanese serow Capricornis crispus
Reproductive strategies of human and nonhuman primates
Ecological and social complexities in human monogamy
Social monogamy in a human society marriage and reproductive success among the Dogon
the male perspective
Pair living and mating strategies in the fattailed dwarf lemur Cheirogaleus medius
Social monogamy and its variations in callitrichids do these relate to the costs of infant care?
Monogamy in New World primates what can patterns of olfactory communication tell us?

Social and reproductive monogamy in rodents the case of the Malagasy giant jumping rat Hypogeomys antimena Simone Sommer
Social polyandry and promiscuous mating in a primatelike carnivore the kinkajou Potos flaws
Monogamy correlates socioecological factors and mating systems in beavers

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Ulrich Reichard is a research scientist in the Department of Primatology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

Christophe Boesch is Scientific Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and Professor of Primatology at the University of Leipzig.

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