The evolution of paternal care

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Abstract

I describe an agent-based model to study the evolution of paternal care. The reported n-person Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma shows that the relative differences in the reproductive effort between sexes can explain the evolution of paternal care. When female reproductive costs are higher than male reproductive costs, males cooperate with females even when females do not reciprocate. Paternal care is thus an evolutionary achievement to compensate for the energy demands that reproduction involves for mothers. Paternal care, in turn, produces a sustained population growth, since females can reproduce at higher rates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction - 6th International Conference, SBP 2013, Proceedings
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Volume7812 LNCS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction, SBP 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 2 Apr 20135 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7812 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other6th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction, SBP 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period2/04/135/04/13

Keywords

  • Agent-Based Modelling
  • Cooperative Breeding
  • Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
  • Parental Investment
  • Paternal Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Salgado, M. (2013). The evolution of paternal care. In Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling and Prediction - 6th International Conference, SBP 2013, Proceedings (Vol. 7812 LNCS, pp. 1-10). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7812 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37210-0_1