Indirect genetics effects and evolutionary constraint: an analysis of social dominance in red deer, Cervus elaphus.

@article{Wilson2011IndirectGE,
  title={Indirect genetics effects and evolutionary constraint: an analysis of social dominance in red deer, Cervus elaphus.},
  author={Alastair J Wilson and Michael B Morrissey and Michael J. Adams and Craig A Walling and Fiona E. Guinness and Josephine M Pemberton and Tim H Clutton-Brock and Loeske E B Kruuk},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={24 4},
  pages={
          772-83
        }
}
By determining access to limited resources, social dominance is often an important determinant of fitness. Thus, if heritable, standard theory predicts mean dominance should evolve. However, dominance is usually inferred from the tendency to win contests, and given one winner and one loser in any dyadic contest, the mean proportion won will always equal 0.5. Here, we argue that the apparent conflict between quantitative genetic theory and common sense is resolved by recognition of indirect… CONTINUE READING
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