Recent studies of avian sex ratios

@article{Sheldon1998RecentSO,
  title={Recent studies of avian sex ratios},
  author={Ben C Sheldon},
  journal={Heredity},
  year={1998},
  volume={80},
  pages={397-402}
}
Sex allocation theory, and its success in predicting sex ratios in such taxa as parasitoid wasps, is often cited as one of the crowning achievements of theoretical evolutionary biology. Its success in some vertebrate taxa, particularly birds, has been more modest. I discuss two reasons for this. First, it is difficult to obtain avian sex ratio data before substantial offspring mortality has occurred. Second, the theory and data required to predict sex allocation patterns (let alone sex ratio… CONTINUE READING

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