Evolution of bird eggs in the absence of cuckoo parasitism.

@article{Lahti2005EvolutionOB,
  title={Evolution of bird eggs in the absence of cuckoo parasitism.},
  author={David C. Lahti},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 50},
  pages={
          18057-62
        }
}
  • D. Lahti
  • Published 13 December 2005
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Historical introductions of species into new habitats can create rare opportunities to test evolutionary hypotheses, such as the role of natural selection in maintaining traits. This study examines two independent introductions of the African village weaverbird (Ploceus cucullatus) to islands where selection on egg appearance traits is expected to differ markedly from that of the source populations. The color and spotting of village weaver eggs in Africa are highly consistent within clutches… 

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