Study provides insight into why males may care for others' offspring

03/26/2013 | LiveScience.com

Male animals are more likely to care for offspring that isn't theirs, so long as the caretaking doesn't interfere with their own reproduction and the likelihood of infidelity is low. The analysis of several animal studies, published in the journal PLoS Biology, found that taking care of other offspring is more common than believed, but was also dependent on whether the male's mate had been faithful or not. It was found that cuckolded males were 12% less likely to look after their offspring than other males.

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