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When to care for and when to kill another female's offspring

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Female relationships across mammals range from highly supportive to intensively aggressive, sometimes even within the same species. While differences in female relationships appear to have been fundamental during the evolution of mammalian sociality, only few studies have investigated why and how female interactions differ across species . In this presentation, I will show that competition between females is frequently as intense as what has been reported for males, and that variation in the intensity of female competition is linked to female reproductive investment. Finally, I will discuss how competition between females influences cooperation between females.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society series.

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