Sex, Size and Gender Roles
Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism
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Sex, Size and Gender Roles by Daphne J. Fairbairn
Book DescriptionWhy do males and females frequently differ so markedly in body size and morphology?lSex, Size, and Gender Roles 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. Adaptive hypotheses 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 size dimorphism 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. This 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 use to non-biologists from fields such as anthropology and gender studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199545582
(246mm x 189mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daphne J. Fairbairn
Sex, Size and Gender Roles, Hardback (July 2007)
This collection of 20 chapters written by leading evolutionary biologists from around the globe provides a fascinating insight into the patterns and causes of differences between males and females in the natural world.
Evolutionary Ecology, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Daphne J. Fairbairn
Unifies conceptual and empirical advances in evolutionary ecology. This volume is divided into five major sections: an overview of the major topics in evolutionary biology for ecologists, and sections on life histories, behaviour, co-evolution, and adaptation to athropogenic change.
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Author Biography - Daphne J. Fairbairn
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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