Animal Parenting

Parenting Strategies of Egg-Laying Moms

January 8, 2020 0
In some species, egg-laying moms construct elaborate nests, burrows, or hiding spots for egg incubation. In other species, embryos are attached to the mother’s body in a specialized pouch or in a crevasse on her […]
postpartum depression
Animal Parenting

What is Postpartum Depression?

November 27, 2019 0
Postpartum depression is a depression which extends past the point of days or even weeks after giving birth. The physiological changes associated with postpartum depression are very real. They reinforce each other in a cyclical […]
platypus mothers lay eggs and produce milk
Animal Parenting

Platypus Mothers – Mammal Moms Who Lay Eggs

November 20, 2019 0
The developmental pathways of the platypuses of Australia and New Guinea are a combination of reptilian, avian, and mammalian characteristics. Platypus mothers are physiologically specialized to produce both eggs and milk. They have a single […]
primate breastfeeding
Animal Nutrition

How Primate Moms Decide When to Start Weaning Their Babies

November 6, 2019 0
Weaning is a difficult thing to study and to quantify. Because of the multitude of factors involved that a mother cannot control (resources, predation, environmental stochasticity, number of previous offspring, offspring size, and sex), the […]
Animal Parenting

Mommy Shark

September 4, 2019 0
We’ve probably all heard the baby shark, mommy shark song by now, but did you know that shark reproduction is notoriously difficult to study? Sexual reproduction varies substantially between genera. For example, female sand tiger […]
Animal Parenting

Absenteeism of Rabbit Moms

August 21, 2019 0
We often joke about rabbits having more sexual relations than most other creatures. The truth is, they don’t. However, in female rabbits, the process of ovulation is linked to the process of copulation. Each time […]