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Maternal Influences on Development, Social Relationships, and Survival Behaviors

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/9780226501222.003.0007
Maternal Influences on Development, Social Relationships, and Survival Behaviors

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This chapter presents an overview of potential maternal effects on behavioral development, including pre- and postnatal effects of social experiences, stress, and seasonality on the expression of developing phenotypes. It suggests that maternal effects will have a selective advantage when they increase the survival and reproductive success of offspring. This chapter also discusses effects of maternal physiology including gonadal hormones, glucocorticoids and melatonin on offspring phenotype.

Keywords: maternal effects; behavioral development; phenotypes; social experiences; offspring survival; reproductive success; maternal physiology; gonadal hormones; glucocorticoids; melatonin

Chapter.  11463 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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