Reproductive performance is the currency of evolution. The puzzling questions in evolutionary biology are not why an organism does reproduce, but rather why an organism does not reproduce. It is difficult to understand why a female might forestall reproduction, when one of the biggest limitations for female mammalian reproduction is time. The answer is quite simple: Reproductive suppression can be an adaptive strategy. In this talk, Dr. Jacinta Beehner will focus on a few examples of reproductive suppression from her own research in wild geladas. Specifically, she will focus on reproductive suppression that results from social cues, rather than energetic ones. - See more at: http://anthropology.dartmouth.edu/news/biological-anthropology-series-five-parts#sthash.F8hrLVwQ.dpuf
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