Sex, Size and Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism

Paperback | November 15, 2008

EditorDaphne J. Fairbairn, Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, Tamas Szekely

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Why do males and females frequently differ so markedly in body size and morphology?piSex, Size, and Gender Roles/i is the first book to investigate the genetic, developmental, and physiological basis of sexual size dimorphism found within and among the major taxonomic groups of animals.Carefully edited by a team of world-renowned specialists in the field to ensure a coherence of style and approach between chapters, it presents a compendium of studies into the evolution, adaptive significance, and developmental basis of gender differences in body size and morphology. Adaptivehypotheses allude to gender-specific reproductive roles and associated differences in trophic ecologies, life history strategies, and sexual selection. This "adaptationist" approach is balanced by more mechanistic studies of the genetic, developmental and physiological basis of sexual sizedimorphism to provide a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the subject. Throughout the volume the emphasis is on sexual dimorphism in overall size; however, the scope of enquiry encompasses gender differences in body shape, the size and structure of secondary sexual characteristics,patterns of growth (ontogeny), and patterns of gene regulation.pThis advanced, research level text is suitable for graduate level students and researchers in the fields of evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, physiology, developmental biology, and genetics. It will also be of relevance and useto non-biologists from fields such as anthropology and gender studies.

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Why do males and females frequently differ so markedly in body size and morphology?piSex, Size, and Gender Roles/i is the first book to investigate the genetic, developmental, and physiological basis of sexual size dimorphism found within and among the major taxonomic groups of animals.Carefully edited by a team of world-renowned speci...

Daphne J. Fairbairn is Professor of Biology at the University of California at Riverside, USA. Wolf U. Blanckenhorn is Titularprofessor at the Zoologisches Museum, Universitat Zurich, Switzerland. Tamas Szekely is Reader in Evolutionary Biology at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Daphne J. Fairbairn: Introduction: the enigma of sexual size dimorphismSection I: Macro-patterns: explaining broad-scale patterns of variation in sexual size dimorphism2. Patrik Lindenfors, John L. Gittleman and Kate E. Jones: Sexual size dimorphism in mammals3. Tamas Szekely, Terje Lislevand and Jordi Figuerola: Sexual size dimorphism in birds4. Robert M. Cox, Marguerite A. Butler and Henry B. John-Alder: The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in reptiles5. Alexander Kupfer: Sexual size dimorphism in amphibians: an overview6. Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, Rudolf Meier and Tiit Teder: Rensch's rule in insects: patterns among and within species7. Matthias W. Foellmer and Jordi Moya-Larano: Sexual size dimorphism in spiders: patterns and processesSection II: Micro-patterns: case studies of patterns and evolutionary processes within and among species8. Charles W. Fox, R. Craig Stillwell and Jordi Moya-Larano: Variation in selection, phenotypic plasticity and the ecology of sexual size dimorphism in two seed-feeding beetles9. Daphne J. Fairbairn: Sexual dimorphism in the water striders, iAquarius remigis/i: a case study of adaptation in response to sexually antagonistic selection10. Wolf U. Blanckenhorn: Case studies of the differential-equilibrium hypothesis of sexual size dimorphism in two dung fly species11. Lynda F. Delph: The genetic integration of sexually dimorphic traits in the dioecious plant, iSilene latifolia/i12. Isabella Capellini: Dimorphism in the hartebeest13. Ellen Kalmbach and Maria M. Benito: Sexual size dimorphism and offspring vulnerability in birds14. Evgeny S. Roitberg: Variation in sexual size dimorphism within a widespread lizard species15. Lukas Kratochvil and Daniel Frynta: Phylogenetic analysis of sexual dimorphism in eye-lid geckos (Eublepharidae): the effects of male combat, courtship behaviour, egg size and body sizeSection III: Proximate developmental and genetic mechanisms16. Turk Rhen: Sex differences: genetic, physiological, and ecological mechanisms17. Russell Bonduriansky: The genetic architecture of sexual dimorphism: the potential roles of genomic imprinting and condition dependence18. Stephanie Bedhomme and Adam K. Chippindale: Irreconcilable differences: when sexual dimorphism fails to resolve sexual conflict19. Henry B. John-Alder and Robert M. Cox: Development of sexual size dimorphism in lizards: testosterone as a bipotential growth regulator20. Vojtech Jarosik and Alois Honek: Sexual differences in insect development time in relation to sexual size dimorphismAppendicesReferencesGlossaryIndex

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`The volume represents a veritable toolbox for students - molecular techniques, phylogenetic comparative methods, and well-designed field and laboratory experiments are all generously represented. I found this to be an excellent assemblage of contributions that will act as a guiding force in future studies of SSD.'The Quarterly Review of Biology