Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids

  title={Kin encounter rate and inbreeding avoidance in canids},
  author={Eli Geffen and Michael Kam and Reuven Hefner and P{\'a}ll Hersteinsson and Anders Angerbj{\"o}rn and Love Dal{\'e}n and Eva Fuglei and Karin Nor{\'e}n and Jennifer R Adams and John A. Vucetich and Thomas J. Meier and L. David Mech and Bridgett M. vonHoldt and Daniel R. Stahler and Robert K. Wayne},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
Mating with close kin can lead to inbreeding depression through the expression of recessive deleterious alleles and loss of heterozygosity. Mate selection may be affected by kin encounter rate, and inbreeding avoidance may not be uniform but associated with age and social system. Specifically, selection for kin recognition and inbreeding avoidance may be more developed in species that live in family groups or breed cooperatively. To test this hypothesis, we compared kin encounter rate and the… 

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