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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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The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation

The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation

(p.1) 1 The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation
Maternal Effects in Mammals

Dario Maestripieri

Jill M. Mateo

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the objective of this volume which is to provide a comprehensive representation of maternal effects research in different mammalian groups, with a balanced emphasis between theory and data, genetic and environmental effects, evolutionary approaches and studies of mechanisms, field and laboratory approaches, and analyses at the populational, organismal, and molecular level. It explains that maternal effects have been the focus of intense scrutiny in recent evolutionary biology research because knowledge of maternal effects is required to fully understand the evolution of traits by natural selection. In addition, maternal effects may also provide a mechanism by which maladaptive phenotypic traits are transmitted across generations.

Keywords:   maternal effects, research, environmental effects, evolutionary biology, evolution of traits, natural selection, maladaptive phenotypic traits

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