Disentangling plastic and genetic changes in body mass of Siberian jays.

@article{Gienapp2014DisentanglingPA,
  title={Disentangling plastic and genetic changes in body mass of Siberian jays.},
  author={Phillip Gienapp and Juha Meril{\"a}},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={27 9},
  pages={
          1849-58
        }
}
Spatial and temporal phenotypic differentiation in mean body size is of commonplace occurrence, but the underlying causes remain often unclear: both genetic differentiation in response to selection (or drift) and environmentally induced plasticity can create similar phenotypic patterns. Studying changes in body mass in Siberian jays (Perisoreus infaustus) over three decades, we discovered that mean body mass declined drastically (ca. 10%) over the first two decades, but increased markedly… CONTINUE READING
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