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Male Snails Babysit for Other Dads
August 28, 2012
Pity the male of the marine whelk, Solenosteira macrospira. He does all the work of raising the young, from egg-laying to hatching--even though few of the baby snails are his own. Throw in extensive promiscuity and sibling cannibalism and the species has one of the most extreme life histories in the animal kingdom.
University of California, Davis
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