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Maternal Effects in Mammals
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Maternal Effects in Mammals

Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

Abstract

Evolutionary maternal effects occur whenever a mother's phenotypic traits directly affect her offspring's phenotype, independent of the offspring's genotype. Some of the phenotypic traits that result in maternal effects have a genetic basis, whereas others are environmentally determined. For example, the size of a litter produced by a mammalian mother—a trait with a strong genetic basis—can affect the growth rate of her offspring, while a mother's dominance rank—an environmentally determined trait—can affect the dominance rank of her offspring. This book reflects advances in genomic, ecologica ... More

Keywords: evolution, maternal effects, mother, phenotypic traits, growth rate, offspring, dominance rank, behavioral research, evolutionary processes, genotype

Bibliographic Information

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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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dario Maestripieri, editor

Jill M. Mateo, editor

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Front Matter

5 Maternal Effects in Wild Ungulates

ALASTAIR J. WILSON AND MARCO FESTA-BIANCHET

11 Maternal Effects in Fissiped Carnivores

KAY E. HOLEKAMP AND STEPHANIE M. DLONIAK

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