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Maternal Effects in Mammals$
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Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501192

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.001.0001

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Maternal Effects in Mammals: Conclusions and Future Directions

Maternal Effects in Mammals: Conclusions and Future Directions

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Maternal Effects in Mammals

Jill M. Mateo

Dario Maestripieri

University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study of maternal effects in mammals. It suggests that maternal effects occur when a mother's phenotype influences her offspring's phenotype independent of the genes it inherits from its mother and that these effects can arise before or after birth and can be mediated by the mother's nutrition, physiology, behavior, social status, physical environment, or some combination of these variables. This chapter also proposes long-term studies of wild mammals to better understand variation in maternal effects within individuals across reproductive events as a function of climatic variables, anthropogenic effects, demographic shifts, or senescence.

Keywords:   maternal effects, mammals, phenotype, nutrition, social status, physical environment, climatic variables, anthropogenic effects, demographic shift, senescence

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