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Sex‐specific demography and generalization of the Trivers–Willard theory

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The Trivers–Willard theory proposes that the sex ratio of offspring should vary with maternal condition when it has sex‐specific influences on offspring fitness. In particular, mothers in good condition in polygynous and dimorphic species are predicted to produce an excess of sons, whereas mothers in poor condition should do the opposite. Despite the elegance of the theory, support for it has been limited. Here we extend and generalize the Trivers–Willard theory to explain the disparity betwe...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1038/nature14968

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Gaillard, JM More by this author
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Neuhaus, P More by this author
Traill, LW More by this author
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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Journal website
Volume:
526
Pages:
249–252
Publication date:
2015-10-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:587ef425-5299-4e5a-b929-7e21a35566c6
Source identifiers:
571080
Local pid:
pubs:571080

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