Selection, inheritance, and the evolution of parent-offspring interactions.

  title={Selection, inheritance, and the evolution of parent-offspring interactions.},
  author={Judith E Lock and Per T Smiseth and Allen J Moore},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={164 1},
Very few studies have examined parent-offspring interactions from a quantitative genetic perspective. We used a cross-fostering design and measured genetic correlations and components of social selection arising from two parental and two offspring behaviors in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides. Genetic correlations were assessed by examining behavior of relatives independent of common social influences. We found positive genetic correlations between all pairs of behaviors, including… CONTINUE READING
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