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A longitudinal study of phenotypic changes in early domestication of house mice


Geiger, Madeleine; Sánchez-Villagra, Marcelo R; Lindholm, Anna K (2018). A longitudinal study of phenotypic changes in early domestication of house mice. Royal Society Open Science, 5:172099.

Abstract

Similar phenotypic changes occur across many species as a result of domestication, e.g. in pigmentation and snout size. Experimental studies of domestication have concentrated on intense and directed selection regimes, while conditions that approximate the commensal and indirect interactions with humans have not been explored. We examine long-term data on a free-living population of wild house mice that have been indirectly selected for tameness by regular exposure to humans. In the course of a decade, this mouse population exhibited significantly increased occurrence of white patches of fur and decreased head length. These phenotypic changes fit to the predictions of the ‘domestication syndrome'.

Abstract

Similar phenotypic changes occur across many species as a result of domestication, e.g. in pigmentation and snout size. Experimental studies of domestication have concentrated on intense and directed selection regimes, while conditions that approximate the commensal and indirect interactions with humans have not been explored. We examine long-term data on a free-living population of wild house mice that have been indirectly selected for tameness by regular exposure to humans. In the course of a decade, this mouse population exhibited significantly increased occurrence of white patches of fur and decreased head length. These phenotypic changes fit to the predictions of the ‘domestication syndrome'.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:1 March 2018
Deposited On:22 Nov 2018 13:13
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:51
Publisher:Royal Society Publishing
ISSN:2054-5703
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172099
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A-120444
  • : Project TitleMaternal selection in a population of wild house mice
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDP2ZHP3_171977
  • : Project TitlePatterns of tooth eruption in relation to life history in domesticated mammals
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A_169395
  • : Project TitleThe developmental bases of variation in mammalian domestication: comparative ontogenetic and experimental approaches
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID310030M_138389
  • : Project TitleEvolution of a selfish genetic element in wild house mice (D-A-CH/MFCL)

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