Maternal Effects in Mammals

Maternal Effects in Mammals

Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226501192

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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, ecological, and behavioral research, as well new understandings of the evolutionary interplay between mothers and their offspring. The chapters aim to synthesize the vast literature on a range of species, highlighting evolutionary processes that were previously overlooked and proposing new avenues of research.

Table of Contents

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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