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

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

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Publisher: Landes Bioscience
Copyright: © 2011 Landes Bioscience
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