Infanticide in Animals and Man


Aug 16-22, 1982

Organized by

Mildred Dickemann, Glenn Hausfater, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy and Christian Vogel,


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


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 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 University of Missouri, USA
  • Virginia Hayssen Cornell University, USA
  • Sarah Blaffer Hrdy 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 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”

Wenner-Gren Symposium #88