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Mechanisms of Life History EvolutionThe Genetics and Physiology of Life History Traits and Trade-Offs$
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Thomas Flatt and Andreas Heyland

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568765

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568765.001.0001

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Epistatic social and endocrine networks and the evolution of life history trade-offs and plasticity

Epistatic social and endocrine networks and the evolution of life history trade-offs and plasticity

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Chapter 25 Epistatic social and endocrine networks and the evolution of life history trade-offs and plasticity
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Mechanisms of Life History Evolution
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Lesley T. Lancaster

Barry Sinervo

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568765.003.0025

Traditional life history theory ignores trade-offs due to social interactions, yet social systems expand the set of possible trade-offs affecting a species evolution by introducing asymmetric interactions between sexes, age classes, and invasion of alternative strategies. This chapter outlines principles for understanding mechanisms underlying gene epistasis due to signaller–receiver dynamics, gene interactions between individuals, and impacts on life history trade-offs.

Keywords:   endocrine system, social system, allocation plasticity, epistasis

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