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Genetic, socio-ecological and fitness correlates of extra-group paternity in the European badger (Meles meles)

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The evolution of extra-group paternity (EGP) is a contentious issue in evolutionary biology. This thesis examines the factors and adaptive benefits driving EGP in a high-density, group-living population of European badgers (Meles meles).

To improve power to assign parentage, I isolated and characterised 21 new polymorphic microsatellite markers. I genotyped 83% of 1410 badger trapped 1987‒2010 using 35 autosomal microsatellite markers. Maternity and paternity were assigned ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)
Oxford college:
Lady Margaret Hall
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
URN:
uuid:8d7304b2-84a2-4d5d-bbbc-63270d309e2e
Local pid:
ora:7120

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