News of the WeekANIMAL BEHAVIOR

New Data Reveal the Sisterhood of Lions

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Science  27 Jul 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5530, pp. 589
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5530.589b

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Summary

In any pride of lions, a "lion king" typically sires most of the cubs. But whereas male pridemates have a strict pecking order, a new study reveals that there's really no such thing as a "lion queen." On page 690, behavioral ecologists report that female lions all bear young with about equal success--an unusual behavior for social mammals.