Annual Report 2001 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

10 Paul W. Sherman, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Gail Jarrow

Animal Baby Sitters (Franklin Watts, 2001). Using some of his latest research on cooperative breeding, Sherman brings the excitement of behavioral biology to young readers. In this children's book, he tackles the mystery of why some animals postpone starting a family in order to help care for others. Sherman and colleagues conducted repeated studies among different species of animals and found that when opportunities are limited for breeding, individuals perpetuate their own genes by staying home to care for other young animals. They learn parenting skills that are useful when an opportunity comes for them to breed. By making the science accessible to children, the authors create a curiosity about some of the mysteries of biology, thus encouraging future scientists.

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