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Asymmetry, Developmental Stability, and Evolution
Why does nature love symmetry? In this work, Moller and Swaddle analyze the evolutionary implication of symmetry. They advance and explain their theory that asymmetry is related to genetic stabilityExpand
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Digit Ratio: A Pointer to Fertility, Behavior, and Health
The main message of this book is simple and John Manning does an excellent job of delivering it clearly. The ratio of second and fourth (finger) digit lengths (2D:4D) appears to be affected by foetalExpand
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Avian wingtip shape reconsidered: wingtip shape indices and morphological adaptations to migration
In this paper we review the existing methods of quantifying avian wingtip shape, and compare their efficiency at detecting morphological adaptations to migration. We use multivariate methods toExpand
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The analysis of fluctuating asymmetry
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Developmental stability and predation success in an insect predator-prey system
I investigated the relationships among developmental stability (as measured by individual bilateral asymmetry values), two measures of locomotory performance and predation success in an insectExpand
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How and why environmental noise impacts animals: an integrative, mechanistic review.
The scope and magnitude of anthropogenic noise pollution are often much greater than those of natural noise and are predicted to have an array of deleterious effects on wildlife. Recent work on thisExpand
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The effects of molt on the flight performance, body mass, and behavior of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris): an experimental approach
The physiological and energy costs of avian molt are well documented, but indirect consequences such as changes in flight performance have received less attention. Here, we report two experimentsExpand
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Socially transmitted mate preferences in a monogamous bird: a non-genetic mechanism of sexual selection
There is increasing evidence that animals can acquire mate preferences through the use of public information, notably by observing (and copying) the mate preferences of others in the population. IfExpand
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Evidence that plumage bacteria influence feather coloration and body condition of eastern bluebirds Sialia sialis
Parasites influence the expression of secondary sexual traits and the health of infected individuals. We set out to test the influence of reputed exogenous parasites, plumage bacteria, includingExpand
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Mercury Reduces Avian Reproductive Success and Imposes Selection: An Experimental Study with Adult- or Lifetime-Exposure in Zebra Finch
Mercury is a global pollutant that biomagnifies in food webs, placing wildlife at risk of reduced reproductive fitness and survival. Songbirds are the most diverse branch of the avian evolutionaryExpand
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