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Infanticide in Animals and Man

August 16 - 22, 1982
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

bookcoverPUBLICATION:    Infanticide:  Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives (G. Hausfater and S.B. Hrdy, Eds.) Aldine, New York, 1984.


Ronald J. Brooks (University of Guelph, Canada)
Curt Busse (Emory University, USA)
Carol Sue Carter (University of Illinois, USA)
Eric Charnov (University of Utah, USA)
Carolyn Crockett (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
Mildred Dickemann, organizer (Sonoma State University, USA)
Wolfgang Dittus (Smithsonian Primate Project, Sri Lanka)
R.W. Elwood (Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland, UK)
Dian Fossey (Cornell University, USA)
Glenn Hausfater, organizer (University of Missouri, USA)
Virginia Hayssen (Cornell University, USA)
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, organizer (University of California, Davis, USA)
William Huck (Princeton University, USA)
Sheila Johansson (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Jay B. Labov (Colby College, USA)
Jane Lancaster (University of Oklahoma, USA)
Hartmut Loch (University of Göttingen, Germany)
Frank Mallory (Wilfred Laurier University, Canada)
Lauris McKee (Cornell University, USA)
Ian McLean (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Douglas W. Mock (University of Oklahoma, USA)
S.M. Mohnot (University of Jodhpur, India)
Lita Osmundsen (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Craig Packer (University of Minnesota, USA)
Anne Pusey (University of Minnesota, USA)
Suzanne Ripley (City College, New York, USA)
Rasanayagam Rudran (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
Susan Scrimshaw (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Ranka Sekulic (Independent Scholar, USA)
Yukimaru Sugiyama (Kyoto University, Japan)
Bruce Svare (State University of New York, Albany, USA)
Richard Trexler (State University of New York, Binghamton, USA)
Christian Vogel, organizer (University of Göttingen, Germany)
Fred vom Saal (University of Missouri, USA)


Recent field studies of a variety of mammalian species reveal a surprisingly high frequency of infanticide -- the killing of unweaned or otherwise maternally dependent offspring. Similarly, studies of birds, fishes, amphibians, and invertebrates demon­strate that con specifics often constitute a major source of egg and larval mortality in these species, a phe­nomenon directly analogous to infanticide in mam­mals. In this symposium, organizers drew together recent work on animal and human infanticide and placed these studies in a broad evolutionary and compara­tive perspective.


*Due to a clerical error that (for reasons unspecified) was never corrected, the Wenner-Gren Foundation held two "International Symposium No. 88"