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Maternal Effects in Mammals$
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Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501192

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.001.0001

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Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals

Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals

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(p.159) 8 Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals
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Maternal Effects in Mammals
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Bennett G. Galff

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0008

This chapter investigates how offspring food preferences and feeding behaviors in mammals are influenced by maternal effects. It discusses the behavioral and cognitive mechanisms through which mammalian mothers may influence the development of food preferences and feeding behavior of their offspring, drawing on experimental studies of laboratory rodents as well as observations of free-ranging animals. The analysis reveals that the behavioral processes supporting such maternal effects vary from species to species, ranging from exclusively maternal influences on dietary preferences of weanlings mediated by flavors of foods to influences that all adults can have on the young.

Keywords:   food preferences, feeding behavior, offspring, mammals, maternal effect, dietary preferences

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