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The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation

Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0001
The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation

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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

Chapter.  4188 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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