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Opportunity-cost foraging models for stationary and mobile predators

  • Author(s): Winterhalder, B
  • et al.

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https://doi.org/10.1086/284119
Abstract

A simple graphical technique relates 2 existing foraging models to marginal valuations of the time and energy currencies used as proxies for fitness. Predictions are responsive to important theoretical assumptions of evolutionary ecology research: costs in behavioral trade-offs are opportunity costs, often evaluated at the margin. The approach offers a flexible and potentially subtle method of analyzing foraging behavior of both stationary and mobile foragers.

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