Maternal Effects in Mammals

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Evolutionary maternal effects occur whenever a mother's phenotypic traits directly affect her offspring's phenotype, independent of the offspring's genotype. Some of the phenotypic traits that results 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 genomic, 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.

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"Outstanding ... Zoologists and anthropologists will profit equally from the understanding of the issues raised and discussed in this exceptionally well-constructed and edited volume."—Choice
Stephen M. Shuster
“This book will be useful to anyone studying maternal effects in any species, as well as to everyone studying mammals. The importance of the issues the editors consider is not just restricted to maternal effects, and their application is not just restricted to mammals. Maternal Effects in Mammals will be highly influential. It will set the tone for research on maternal effects for many years to come.”
"Outstanding ... Zoologists and anthropologists will profit equally from the understanding of the issues raised and discussed in this exceptionally well-constructed and edited volume."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226501192
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dario Maestripieri is a professor of comparative human development, neurobiology, and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago and author of Macachiavellian Intelligence: How Rhesus Macaques and Humans Have Conquered the World. Jill M. Mateo is an assistant professor of comparative human development and evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

1 The Role of Maternal Effects in Mammalian Evolution and Adaptation Dario Maestripieri Jill M. Mateo 1

2 The Genetics and Evolutionary Consequences of Maternal Effects James M. Cheverud Jason B. Wolf 11

3 A Theoretical Overview of Genetic Maternal Effects: Evolutionary Predictions and Empirical Tests with Mammalian Data Michael J. Wade Nicholas K. Priest Tami E. Cruickshank 38

4 Maternal Effects on Evolutionary Dynamics in Wild Small Mammals Andrew G. McAdam 64

5 Maternal Effects in Wild Ungulates Alastair J. Wilson Marco Festa-Bianchet 83

6 Maternal Effects on Offspring Size and Development in Pinnipeds W. Don Bowen 104

7 Maternal Influences on Development, Social Relationships, and Survival Behaviors Jill M. Mateo 133

8 Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals Bennett G. Galef, Jr. 159

9 The Trans-Generational Influence of Maternal Care on Offspring Gene Expression and Behavior in Rodents Frances A. Champagne James P. Curley 182

10 Effects of Intrauterine Position in Litter-Bearing Mammals John G. Vandenbergh 203

11 Maternal Effects in Fissiped Carnivores Kay E. Holekamp Stephanie M. Dloniak 227

12 Maternal Influences on Offspring Growth, Reproduction, and Behavior in Primates Dario Maestripieri 256

13 Maternal Effects, Social Cognitive Development, and the Evolution of Human Intelligence David F. Bjorklund Jason Grotuss Adriana Csinady 292

14 Maternal Effects in Mammals: Conclusions and Future Directions Jill M. Mateo Dario Maestripieri 322

Acknowledgments 335

Index 337

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