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Maternal and additive genetic effects contribute to variation in offspring traits in a lizard

Noble, Daniel W.A.; McFarlane, S. Eryn; Keogh, J. Scott; Whiting, Martin J.


Evolutionary responses to selection require that traits have a heritable basis, yet maternal effects (the effect of a mother's phenotype on her offspring's phenotype) can have profound effects on evolutionary processes. It is therefore essential to understand how maternal effects contribute to phenotypic variation in offspring traits and test key assumptions of additive genetic variance in evolutionary models. We measured 5 traits linked to fitness in lizards (endurance, sprint speed,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru032


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