Domestic chickens defy Rensch's rule: sexual size dimorphism in chicken breeds.

@article{Reme2010DomesticCD,
  title={Domestic chickens defy Rensch's rule: sexual size dimorphism in chicken breeds.},
  author={Vladim{\'i}r Reme{\vs} and Tam{\'a}s Sz{\'e}kely},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={23 12},
  pages={2754-9}
}
Sexual size dimorphism (SSD), i.e. the difference in sizes of males and females, is a key evolutionary feature that is related to ecology, behaviour and life histories of organisms. Although the basic patterns of SSD are well documented for several major taxa, the processes generating SSD are poorly understood. Domesticated animals offer excellent opportunities for testing predictions of functional explanations of SSD theory because domestic stocks were often selected by humans for particular… CONTINUE READING

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