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A sex allocation theory for vertebrates: combining local resource competition and condition-dependent allocation.

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Tests of sex allocation theory in vertebrates are usually based on verbal arguments. However, the operation of multiple selective forces can complicate verbal arguments, possibly making them misleading. We construct an inclusive fitness model for the evolution of condition-dependent brood sex ratio adjustment in response to two leading explanations for sex ratio evolution in vertebrates: the effect of maternal quality on the fitness of male and female offspring (the Trivers-Willard hypothesis...

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10.1086/522057

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
The American naturalist
Volume:
170
Issue:
5
Pages:
E112-E128
Publication date:
2007-11-05
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EISSN:
1537-5323
ISSN:
0003-0147
URN:
uuid:53fc6aee-3e11-41f4-a096-1b1daf7e2574
Source identifiers:
312396
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pubs:312396

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