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Asynchronous hatching in a nonavian species: a test of the hurry-up hypothesis
- Ford, Lucy E., Smiseth, Per T.
- Behavioral ecology 2017 v.28 no.3 pp. 899-907
- hatching, parents, progeny
- The hurry-up hypothesis suggests parents should complete reproduction as soon as possible when the quantity or quality of resources declines over time. However, this would come at a cost if it leads to asynchronous hatching that reduces offspring fitness. Here, we present the first test of this hypothesis in a nonavian system. In contrast to what was predicted, we find no evidence that parents complete reproduction sooner under conditions where this would be favorable.