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THE MATERNAL EFFECT HYPOTHESIS

Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

in Ecological Orbits

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195168167
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0004
THE MATERNAL EFFECT HYPOTHESIS

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This chapter describes an effect which produces population cycles and may be thought of as the mechanism for inertia in population growth. This effect, the maternal effect, is the passing of quality from mothers to daughters. Although this effect has been well known for some time, it has only recently attracted attention. It is argued that this effect provides an important part of the inertial model of population growth.

Keywords: population cycles; population inertia; maternal effect; time lags

Chapter.  4689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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