ISBN-10:
0226075583
ISBN-13:
9780226075587
Pub. Date:
06/15/1990
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Mammalian Reproductive Biology

Mammalian Reproductive Biology

by F. H. Bronson

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ISBN-13: 9780226075587
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/15/1990
Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Mammals: Strategies and Perspectives
Strategies
Perspectives
2. Environmental Regulation: Some General Principles
Environmental Regulation of Fertility Onset
Genes and Environmental Factors
Sex Differences
Population Differences
Natural Selection versus Domestication
Conclusions
3. Seasonal Strategies: Ultimate Factors
The Interaction of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Variation in One Locale
Lattitude and Seasonality
The Tropics
A Purely Energetic Perspective: Small Mammals
Application of an Energetic Perspectives to Larger Mammals
Nutrients and Seasonality
Other Ultimate Factors
Conclusions
4. Food as a Proximate Factor: Neuroendocrine Pathways
The Male's Reproductive Effort
The Effect of Food Shortage on Male Reproduction
The Estrous Cycle
Food Shortage and the Estrous Cycle
Pregnancy and Lactation
Food Shortage, Pregnancy and Lactation
Energy versus Nutrients
Food Availability as a Proximate Regulator in Wild Populations
Conclusions
5. Ambient Temperature as a Proximate Factor
Temperature, Reproduction, and Genetic Adaptation
The Concept of Stress
Endocrine Pathways: A Speculative Scheme
Conclusions
6. The Predictor Option
The Syrian Hamster
The Sheep
Other Species Studied under Controlled Conditions
Natural Selection and Photoperiodic Cuing
Latitude and Photoperiodic Cuing
Other Predictors
Conclusion
7. Regulation by Social Cues
Social Status, Reproductive Success, and Endocrine Stress
The Priming Pheromone System of the House Mouse
Priming Phenomena in Other Mammals
The Adaptive Significance of Priming Phenomena
Conclusions
8. The Interaction of Cues and Processes
Interacting Cues and Endocrine Responses
Responses in Relation to Phase of Life and Reproductive Cycle
Responses in Relation to Survival Mechanisms
Conclusions
9. A Taxonomic Perspective
Order Marsupialia
Order Insectivora
Order Lagomorpha
Order Rodentia
Order Carnivora
Order Pinnipedia
Order Chiroptera
Order Primates
Order Cetacea
Order Artiodactyla
Conclusions
10. Some Avenues for Future Research
References
Index

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