Selection on Heritable Phenotypic Plasticity in a Wild Bird Population

@article{Nussey2005SelectionOH,
  title={Selection on Heritable Phenotypic Plasticity in a Wild Bird Population},
  author={D. Nussey and E. Postma and P. Gienapp and M. Visser},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={310},
  pages={304 - 306}
}
Theoretical and laboratory research suggests that phenotypic plasticity can evolve under selection. However, evidence for its evolutionary potential from the wild is lacking. We present evidence from a Dutch population of great tits (Parus major) for variation in individual plasticity in the timing of reproduction, and we show that this variation is heritable. Selection favoring highly plastic individuals has intensified over a 32-year period. This temporal trend is concurrent with climate… Expand
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