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Parent-offspring cannibalism throughout the animal kingdom : a review of adaptive hypotheses

Parent-offspring cannibalism throughout the animal kingdom : a review of adaptive hypotheses

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BOSE, Aneesh P. H., 2022. Parent-offspring cannibalism throughout the animal kingdom : a review of adaptive hypotheses. In: Biological Reviews. Wiley. 97(5), pp. 1868-1885. ISSN 1464-7931. eISSN 1469-185X. Available under: doi: 10.1111/brv.12868

@article{Bose2022-10Paren-57978, title={Parent-offspring cannibalism throughout the animal kingdom : a review of adaptive hypotheses}, year={2022}, doi={10.1111/brv.12868}, number={5}, volume={97}, issn={1464-7931}, journal={Biological Reviews}, pages={1868--1885}, author={Bose, Aneesh P. H.} }

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