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What should we weigh to estimate heterozygosity, alleles or loci?
The interest to study the effects of inbreeding in natural populations has increased in the last years. Several microsatellite‐derived metrics have recently been developed to infer inbreeding fromExpand
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Seasonal variation in sex ratio and sexual egg dimorphism favouring daughters in first clutches of the spotless starling
We investigated possible pre‐hatching mechanisms of sex‐differential investment by females that may contribute to offspring sex‐ratio adjustment enhancing the fitness return from reproductive effortExpand
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Experimentally increased testosterone affects social rank and primary sex ratio in the spotless starling
It has been suggested that the amount of maternal testosterone allocated into the eggs might be implicated in the process of sex determination. However, recent findings on the effect that femaleExpand
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Egg production and individual genetic diversity in lesser kestrels
Fecundity is an important component of individual fitness and has major consequences on population dynamics. Despite this, the influence of individual genetic variability on egg production traits isExpand
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Sexual dimorphism in house sparrow eggs
Abstract Recent evidence has revealed an apparently high degree of control by female birds over the physiological aspects of their reproduction and offspring sex allocation, consistent with adaptiveExpand
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Characteristics of loci and individuals are associated with germline microsatellite mutation rates in lesser kestrels (Falco naumanni).
Although microsatellites are one of the most popular tools in genetic studies, their mutational dynamics and evolution remain unclear. Here, we apply extensive pedigree genotyping to identify andExpand
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Temporal variation of heterozygosity‐based assortative mating and related benefits in a lesser kestrel population
Heterozygosity as a target of mate choice has received much attention in recent years and there is growing evidence supporting its role in the evolution of mate preferences. In this study we analyseExpand
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Morphological Adaptation with No Mitochondrial DNA Differentiation in the Coastal Plain Swamp Sparrow
-We estimated genetic differentiation between morphologically distinct tidal marsh populations of Swamp Sparrows (Melospiza georgiana nigrescens) and the more widespread inland populations (M. g.Expand
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A test of the hypothesis of mate choice based on heterozygosity in the spotless starling
The hypothesis of mate choice based on heterozygosity predicts that sexual traits will reach their extreme expression in males with the greatest average heterozygosity, and that both a male’sExpand
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Individual genetic diversity correlates with the size and spatial isolation of natal colonies in a bird metapopulation
The genetic consequences of small population size and isolation are of central concern in both population and conservation biology. Organisms with a metapopulation structure generally show effectiveExpand
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