Body mass and individual fitness in female ungulates: bigger is not always better.

@article{Gaillard2000BodyMA,
  title={Body mass and individual fitness in female ungulates: bigger is not always better.},
  author={J. M. Gaillard and Marco Festa-Bianchet and Daniel Delorme and Jon T. Jorgenson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={267 1442},
  pages={471-7}
}
In female vertebrates, differences in fitness often correspond to differences in phenotypic quality, suggesting that larger females have greater fitness. Variation in individual fitness can result from variation in life span and/or variation in yearly reproductive success, but no study has yet assessed the relationships between the components of fitness and phenotypic quality while controlling for life span. We tried to fill this gap using data from long-term monitoring (23 years) of marked roe… CONTINUE READING
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