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Female Competition for Access to Males Affects Birth Rate in Baboons

R. I. M. Dunbar and M. Sharman
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Vol. 13, No. 2 (1983), pp. 157-159
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4599619
Page Count: 3
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Female Competition for Access to Males Affects Birth Rate in Baboons
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Abstract

Comparisons across populations of baboons (Papio spp) reveal that the birth rate is inversely related to the adult sex ratio. Evidence is adduced to show that this is a consequence of competition among females for access to males.

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