Hormone-mediated maternal effects in birds: mechanisms matter but what do we know of them?

@article{Groothuis2008HormonemediatedME,
  title={Hormone-mediated maternal effects in birds: mechanisms matter but what do we know of them?},
  author={Ton G. G. Groothuis and Hubert G. Schwabl},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={363 1497},
  pages={1647-61}
}
Over the past decade, birds have proven to be excellent models to study hormone-mediated maternal effects in an evolutionary framework. Almost all these studies focus on the function of maternal steroid hormones for offspring development, but lack of knowledge about the underlying mechanisms hampers further progress. We discuss several hypotheses concerning these mechanisms, point out their relevance for ecological and evolutionary interpretations, and review the relevant data. We first examine… CONTINUE READING
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