The regulation of infanticide and parental behavior: implications for reproductive success in male mice

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Science  05 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4537, pp. 1270-1272
DOI: 10.1126/science.7058349


Infanticide has been proposed to be a pathological response to overcrowding or other forms of environmental stress and thus a maladaptive behavior. However, in male house mice this behavior is predictable and is modulated by learning. Committing infanticide can increase a male's reproductive success and in some situations may therefore be an adaptive behavior.