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Love thy neighbour

A theoretical model suggests that the cause of female-driven extra-pair mating lies in the spreading of male interests among neighbouring families, creating powerful incentives for male cooperation and concomitant benefits for females.

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Figure 1: Potential benefits of extra-pair mating.


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Sheldon, B., Mangel, M. Love thy neighbour. Nature 512, 381–382 (2014).

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