Female Reproductive Strategies

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Primates generally have smaller litter sizes and take much longer to reproduce than other animals Females provide lots of care for their young, while males rarely do Very young and very old females are not as successful as middle-aged females, rank declines with age and affects reproductive success Females success depends largely upon her ability to obtain enough resources to care for offspring and herself (food!) Mother has to wean the child off and restrict care for other child Females must make the tradeoff of either many, low quality offspring vs. few high quality offspring What are strategies that female primates can use? Age she begins to produce, gestation length, litter size, how long she nurses young, infant survivorship Bridging behavior, carry on back Care, Competition and Cooperation Competition favors cooperation usually with other kin Live longer = more success, begin to reproduce earlier in life, speed up interbirth interval, wean more What affects a female primate's reproduction?
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