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Author Rees, Amanda, 1972-

Title The infanticide controversy : primatology and the art of field science / Amanda Rees
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents Introduction: the infanticide controversy -- Fielding the question -- Primates in the field: doing field science, 1929-74 -- Studying primate societies, 1930-74 -- The infanticide debates -- Infanticide's infancy -- From controversy to consensus? 1974-84 -- Controversy resurgent -- Questioning the field -- Accounting for infanticide, 2001-3 -- Controversy and authority, narrative and testimony -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Infanticide interviews, 2002-3
Summary Infanticide in the natural world might be a relatively rare event, but as Amanda Rees shows, it has enormously significant consequences. Identified in the 1960s as a phenomenon worthy of investigation, infanticide had, by the 1970s, become the focus of serious controversy. The suggestion, by Sarah Hrdy, that it might be the outcome of an evolved strategy intended to maximize an individual's reproductive success sparked furious disputes between scientists, disagreements that have continued down to the present day. Meticulously tracing the history of the infanticide debates, and drawing on exten
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-277) and index
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Subject Infanticide in animals.
Primates -- Behavior.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226707121
0226707148 (electronic bk.)
9780226707143 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)