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Nature and nurture. A step towards investigating their interactions in the wild


Frère, C H; Mann, J; Krützen, M; Connor, R C; Bejder, L; Sherwin, W B (2011). Nature and nurture. A step towards investigating their interactions in the wild. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 4(2):192-193.

Abstract

The debate about the relative importance of nature versus nurture has been around for decades, but despite this, there has been very little evidence about how these might in fact interact to drive evolution in the wild. Recently, the identification of a comparable methodology for analyzing both genetic and social effects of phenotypic variation revealed that fitness variation in a free-living population of dolphin was driven by a strong social and genetic interaction. This study not only provides evidence that nature and nurture do interact to drive phenotypic evolution but also represents a step towards partitioning the effects of genetic, social, environmental factors and their multiway interactions to better understand phenotypic evolution in the wild.

Abstract

The debate about the relative importance of nature versus nurture has been around for decades, but despite this, there has been very little evidence about how these might in fact interact to drive evolution in the wild. Recently, the identification of a comparable methodology for analyzing both genetic and social effects of phenotypic variation revealed that fitness variation in a free-living population of dolphin was driven by a strong social and genetic interaction. This study not only provides evidence that nature and nurture do interact to drive phenotypic evolution but also represents a step towards partitioning the effects of genetic, social, environmental factors and their multiway interactions to better understand phenotypic evolution in the wild.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Anthropology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:06 Jan 2012 11:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:14
Publisher:Landes Bioscience
ISSN:1942-0889
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4161/cib.4.2.14297
PubMed ID:21655437
Other Identification Number:PubMed Central-ID: PMC3104576

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