Prairie Voles are the starstruck lovers of the great plains, but can you breed these prairie potato chips to murder babies?? Rachel explores the dark side of voles: the perils of single parenthood, incest avoidance, spontaneous maternal behaviors, and (obviously) infanticide.
Fatherhood is destined for several future deep dives, I just know it.
Social Organization of the Prairie Vole
Social Organization of the Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster) Lowell Getz et al., Journal of Mammalogy, 1993
Spontaneous maternal behavior vs anxiety
Variability in “spontaneous” maternal behavior is associated with anxiety‐like behavior and affiliation in Naïve juvenile and adult female prairie voles. Daniel Olazabal, Developmental Psychobiology, 2005
The Infanticide Study
Stability and potential inheritance of infanticidal behavior in prairie voles. Daniel Olazabal, Developmental Psychobiology, 2010
Vole Parent Division of Labor
Parental division of labor, coordination, and the effects of family structure on parenting in monogamous prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Todd Ahern, Developmental Psychobiology, 2010.
Fathers Matter: Paternal Behavior
Modeling Dad: Animal models of paternal behavior. Amanda Kentner, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 2010
The paper where I learned that yes, perhaps, birds are invested fathers because they are dinosaurs. There is a WHOLE PAPER just on that. I'm not screaming, you are.
PS, in case you missed the summer show on prairie vole monogamy, here's a video summary by Fusion.
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