Ontogenetic patterns in heritable variation for body size: using random regression models in a wild ungulate population.

@article{Wilson2005OntogeneticPI,
  title={Ontogenetic patterns in heritable variation for body size: using random regression models in a wild ungulate population.},
  author={Alastair J Wilson and Loeske E. B. Kruuk and David W. Coltman},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={166 6},
  pages={E177-92}
}
Body size is an important determinant of fitness in many organisms. While size will typically change over the lifetime of an individual, heritable components of phenotypic variance may also show ontogenetic variation. We estimated genetic (additive and maternal) and environmental covariance structures for a size trait (June weight) measured over the first 5 years of life in a natural population of bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis. We also assessed the utility of random regression models for… CONTINUE READING
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