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Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology

John G. Swallow, Jack P. Hayes, Pawel Koteja and Theodore Garland, Jr.

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0012
Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology

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Selection experiments are a powerful tool for investigating the linkages between biochemical, morphological, and physiological traits that influence physiological performance, as well as for investigating how performance capacities may constrain or facilitate behavioral evolution. This chapter discusses selection experiments that have targeted organismal performance traits, with an emphasis on those involving locomotion or metabolism. These include wind-tunnel flight in Drosophila, endurance running in mice and rats, stress-induced analgesia in mice, and voluntary wheel running in mice.

Keywords: selection experiments; physiological performance; behavioral evolution; performance traits; locomotion; metabolism; Drosophila

Chapter.  24069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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