Animal Parenting

Maternal Behaviour and Recognition

July 21, 2021 0

Physiological, social, and environmental elements have influenced the evolution of the immense diversity in maternal behaviour across the mammalian order. There are two general phases of the establishment of maternal care in primates: the initial […]

Animal Parenting

Animal Moms and the Death of Offspring

May 19, 2021 1

For mothers, there is nothing more painful than losing a child. The unfortunate truth in the animal kingdom is that it happens all the time in a variety of circumstances. Causes of Death We call […]

Animal Parenting

Paused Pregnancies In Rodents

May 12, 2021 1

In mammals, embryos can exist in a state of suspended animation. It’s thought that this ability to store fertilized embryos originally evolved to maximize reproductive success. In embryonic diapause, the uterus either sends a signal […]

Animal Parenting

Nazca Booby Pseudomoms & Their Deadly Parenting Behaviour

April 28, 2021 0

Nazca boobies are ground-nesting colonial seabirds that exhibit unique pseudomothering behaviour. In any given year, there are reproductive females whose nests have failed. While busy parents are off foraging for food for their nestlings, which […]

Animal Parenting

Parenting Hypothesis for Practice Nursing

March 24, 2021 0

The parenting hypothesis posits that first-time moms (moms who haven’t given birth) will allonurse unrelated offspring as a means by which to gain experience and skill for when the “real thing” occurs. This kind of […]

Animal Parenting

Fire Salamanders Have Two Reproductive Modes

March 17, 2021 0

The fire salamander Salamandra salamandra is an organism with a perplexing level of parental plasticity. Females are generally oviviparous (not to be confused with oviparous), which means that somewhere between thirty and sixty larvae are […]

Animal Parenting

Female House Mice Co-Parent

March 10, 2021 2

Close bonds form between females who see each other all the time, although in the case of alloparenting and shared nursing between house mice, there is little or no genetic relatedness between females. Group living […]