Reproductive Strategies: Eat Your Kids to Restart Your Sex Life Academic Article uri icon


  • A recent study shows that filial cannibalism is not merely a desperate survival tactic for hungry fathers. Rather, brood destruction triggers sexual physiology, enabling males to restart courtship with new partners. Like abandonment and infanticide by males and females across taxa, cannibalism generates evolutionary conflict between fathers, mothers, and offspring.

altmetric score

  • 18.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Rosenthal, G. G.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • September 2018