[OPE-L] sociobiology

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Wed Nov 29 2006 - 10:01:24 EST

For the sake of the archive...

Krutzen et al. 2002 Contrasting relatedness patterns in bottlenose
dolphins(Tursiops sp.) with different alliance strategies.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B. 270:497-502

The Krutzen paper no where speaks of dolphin rape, though the media
sensationalized its findings.  I double checked with the word finder.
Krutzen refers to sexual coercion as a reproductive strategy and the
alliances which engage in it. Kurtzen et al seem to have studiously
avoided the term rape which is not well understood as a strategy for
reproductive fitness.

I think ethologists and sociobiologists should follow Krutzen's cautiousness

I've been persuaded by the criticism of Fausto Sterling, Gowaty, the
Roses, Lloyd, Marks, etc.


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