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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 Wild Ungulates

Maternal Effects in Wild Ungulates

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Maternal Effects in Mammals

Alastair J. Wilson

Marco Festa-Bianchet

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reviews the evidence for maternal effects in wild ungulate populations, discussing their prevalence and the mechanisms by which they are mediated. The analysis reveals that maternal effects contribute not only to observed phenotypic diversity in wild ungulates but also in evolutionary dynamics. This chapter stresses the need to determine what specific behavioral, physiological, and genetic mechanisms mediate maternal effects and suggests that candidate gene approaches could offer a useful alternative for scrutinizing loci underlying genetic maternal effects.

Keywords:   maternal effects, wild ungulates, phenotypic diversity, evolutionary dynamics, candidate gene approaches

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