alloparenting

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allo- +‎ parenting

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alloparenting (uncountable)

  1. (ethology) Parental behaviour towards infants and young from non-parents.
    • 1992, Richard A. Posner, Sex and Reason, Harvard University Press, 1994, Paperback Edition, page 407,
      Some alloparenting relationships among animals resemble adoption, although more resemble foster care or wet-nursing.
    • 1997, C. Sue Carter, R. Lucille Roberts, 9: The Psychobiological Basis of Cooperative Breeding in Rodents, Nancy G. Solomon, Jeffrey A. French (editors), Cooperative Breeding in Mammals, Cambridge University Press, 2007, page 256,
      The behaviors associated with alloparenting are phenotypically similar to maternal and paternal care.
    • 2016, Abigail A. Marsh, 9: Extraordinary Altruism: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective, Joshua David Greene, India Morrison, Martin E. P. Seligman (editors), Positive Neuroscience, Oxford University Press, page 150,
      Characteristics of species in which alloparenting occurs include organization into small, close-knit, and cooperative groups and infants being born relatively helpless and dependent on care from adults.

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