Pack social dynamics and inbreeding avoidance in the cooperatively breeding red wolf

Authors: Amanda M. Sparkman Jennifer R. Adams Todd D. Steury Lisette P. WaitsDennis L. Murray

From Behavioral Ecology

For cooperatively breeding groups composed of close relatives, whether and how a group avoids inbreeding are questions of key evolutionary and conservation importance. A number of strategies for inbreeding avoidance may be employed by cooperative breeders, including extrapair reproduction, reproductive suppression, and juvenile dispersal.

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