Object structure

Title:

Morphological asymmetry in mammals: genetics and homeostasis reconsidered

Creator:

Novak, J. M. ; Rhodes, O. E., Jr. ; Smith, M. H. ; Chesser, R. K.

Place of publishing:

Białowieża

Date issued/created:

1993

Description:

It has been hypothesized that developmental stability is increased at higher levels of genetic variability (heterozygosity) in animals. However, the existence of this relationship is questionable for homeotherms in general and mammals in particular. The difference between the sides of a bilateral character in an individual is a measure of fluctuating asymmetry that can be used as a measure of the developmental stability of mammals. Increased developmental stability should result in a greater degree of similarity between the right and left side of the body even though environmental variability would tend to increase the differences between right and left sides of the body.

Subject and Keywords:

morphological asymmetry ; developmental homeostasis ; genetic variability ; heterozygosity ; mammals

Relation:

Acta Theriologica

Volume:

38

Issue:

Suppl. 2

Start page:

7

End page:

18

Resource Type:

Article

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

10.4098/AT.arch.93-39

Source:

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Language:

eng ; Sum. eng.

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund