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Ecological Causes for the Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism: A Review of the Evidence
  • R. Shine
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1 December 1989
TLDR
If ecological causation for dimorphism can be demonstrated in so many cases, despite the inadequacies of the available criteria, the degree of sexual sizeDimorphism in many other animal species may well also have been influenced by ecological factors, and it may be premature of dismiss this hypothesis.
Sexual size dimorphism in snakes revisited
  • R. Shine
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 16 May 1994
TLDR
Analysis of published and original data on the degree of sexual size dimorphism in snakes suggests that a previously documented correlation between SSD and geographic distribution is due to phylogenetic conservatism rather than to any functional relationship between the two variables.
The potential for behavioral thermoregulation to buffer “cold-blooded” animals against climate warming
TLDR
It is shown how behavioral and mass/energy balance models can be combined with spatial data on climate, topography, and vegetation to predict impacts of increased air temperature on thermoregulating ectotherms such as reptiles and insects (a large portion of global biodiversity).
Invasion and the evolution of speed in toads
TLDR
The annual rate of progress of the toad invasion front has increased about fivefold since the toads first arrived and it is found that toads with longer legs can not only move faster and are the first to arrive in new areas, but also that those at the front have longer legs than toads in older populations.
“Costs” of reproduction in reptiles
  • R. Shine
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Oecologia
  • 1 July 1980
TLDR
Within the range of annual survivorship rates of most lizard species, trade-offs between fecundity and survival are likely to be the main evolutionary determinants of optimal levels of “reproductive effort”.
Sexual Selection and Sexual Dimorphism in the Amphibia
TLDR
Combat, large male size and sexually dimorphic weapons appear to be most common in species that are relatively invulnerable to predation while fighting, by virtue of large body size or toxic skin secretions.
An evolutionary process that assembles phenotypes through space rather than through time
TLDR
A range of biological phenomena may have evolved via spatial sorting as well as (or rather than) by natural selection, and this evolutionary mechanism warrants further study.
Life-History Evolution in Reptiles
  • R. Shine
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • 10 November 2005
TLDR
Many of the life-history features in which reptiles differ from endothermic vertebrates—such as their small offspring sizes, large litter sizes, and infrequent reproduction—are direct consequences of ectothermy, reflecting freedom from heat-conserving constraints on body temperatures.
Life-history evolution in range-shifting populations.
TLDR
The process of range expansion drives rapid life-history evolution, and this seems to occur despite ongoing serial founder events that have complex effects on genetic diversity at the expanding front.
The Ecological Impact of Invasive Cane Toads (Bufo Marinus) in Australia
  • R. Shine
  • Environmental Science
    The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • 1 September 2010
TLDR
A review of these studies suggests that a single pathwaylethal toxic ingestion of toads by frog-eating predators is the major mechanism of impact, but that the magnitude of impact varies dramatically among predator taxa, as well as through space and time.
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