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Sex, Size and Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism

Daphne J. Fairbairn, Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, and Tamás Székely


This book is an edited compendium of twenty chapters addressing the evolution, adaptive significance, and genetic and developmental basis of differences between the sexes in body size and morphology. General concepts and methodologies are introduced in Chapter 1, which also includes an overview of variation in sexual size dimorphism (SSD) with emphasis on extreme dimorphisms (i.e., dwarf males) and taxa not covered in subsequent chapters. Chapters 2-7 present new, comprehensive, comparative analyses of broad-scale patterns of SSD in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects, r ... More

Keywords: adaptive significance, body size, evolution, genomic conflict, genomic imprinting, sexual selection, sex-specific gene expression

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208784
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208784.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daphne J. Fairbairn, editor
Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside, USA

Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, editor
Zoologiches Museum, Universität Zürich-Irchel, Switzerland

Tamás Székely, editor
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK
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SECTION I Macro-patterns: explaining broad-scale patterns of variation in sexual size dimorphism


Tamás Székely

Chapter 2 Sexual size dimorphism in mammals

Patrik Lindenfors, John L. Gittleman, and Kate E. Jones

Chapter 3 Sexual size dimorphism in birds

Tamás Székely, Terje Lislevand, and Jordi Figuerola

Chapter 4 The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in reptiles

Robert M. Cox, Marguerite A. Butler, and Henry B. John-Alder

Chapter 6 Rensch's rule in insects: patterns among and within species

Wolf U. Blanckenhorn, Rudolf Meier, and Tiit Teder

Chapter 7 Sexual size dimorphism in spiders: patterns and processes

Matthias W. Foellmer, and Jordi Moya-Laraño

SECTION II Micro-patterns: case studies of patterns and evolutionary processes within and among species


Wolf U. Blanckenhorn

SECTION III Proximate developmental and genetic mechanisms


Daphne J. Fairbairn