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- DescriptionEvolutionary maternal effects occur whenever a mother's phetypic traits directly affect her offspring's phetype, independent of the offspring's getype. Some of the phetypic traits that result in maternal effects have a genetic basis, whereas others are environmentally determined. For example, the size of a litter produced by a mammalian mother - a trait with a strong genetic basis - can affect the growth rate of her offspring, while a mother's dominance rank - an environmentally determined trait - can affect the dominance rank of her offspring. The first volume published on the subject in more than a decade, Maternal Effects in Mammals reflects advances in gemic, ecological, and behavioral research, as well as new understandings of the evolutionary interplay between mothers and their offspring. Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo bring together a learned group of contributors to synthesize the vast literature on a range of species, highlight evolutionary processes that were previously overlooked, and propose new avenues of research. Maternal Effects in Mammals will serve as the most comprehensive compendium on and stimulus for interdisciplinary treatments of mammalian maternal effects.
- Author BiographyDario Maestripieri is professor of comparative human development, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago and the author of Macachiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World. Jill M. Mateo is assistant professor of comparative human development and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago.
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication02/06/2009
- SubjectLife Sciences: Zoology
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note9 halftones, 11 line drawings, 10 tables
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byDario Maestripieri,Jill M. Mateo
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