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About this book
About this book
A fascinating review of the latest molecular, genetic, hormonal, anatomical and behavioural data presented in a series of lively and highly readable articles from world experts. Such an overview has never been attempted before and is especially useful for those who want to see a bridge between the study of animal behaviour in the field and laboratory studies of genes and molecules.
Foreword; Preface; Part I. Overview: 1. Why sex? R. V. Short; 2. Constraints to parthenogenesis D. Crews; Part II. Somatic Dimorphisms Across the Species: 3. Explaining the evolution of unexpected sex differences J. D. Reynolds and P. H. Harvey; 4. Sexual dimorphism in the Hymenoptera J. W. Stubblefield and J. Seger; 5. Sex change in fishes - how and why D. Y. Shapiro; 6. Teeth, horn and antlers: weapons of sex G. A. Lincoln; 7. The evolution of sexual size dimorphism in primates R. D. Martin, L. A. Willner and A. Dettling; Part III. Sexual Dimorphisms in Organ Systems: 8. Translating gonadal sex into phenotypic sex J. D. Wilson; 9. Sexual dimorphisms in the gonads of marsupial mammals M. B. Renfree; 10. Regulation of sexual dimorphism in rat liver J.-A. Gustafsson; 11. Sex differences in sounds and their causes E. Balaban; 12. Brain structure: causes and consequences of brain sex M. Gahr; Part III. Sexual Dimorphisms in Behaviour: 13. Hormone-behaviour interactions and mating systems in male and female birds J. C. Wingfield; 14. Behavioural dimorphisms in African elephants J. H. Poole; 15. The costs of sex differences T. H. Clutton-Brock; 16. Pheromones: the fruit fly's perfumed garden J.-F. Ferveur, M. Cobb, Y. Oguma and J.-M. Jallon; Part IV. Genetic and Environmental Control of Gonadal Sex: 17. Evolution of mammalian sex chromosomes M. F. Lyon; 18. Mammalian sex-determining genes J. A. Marshall Graves; 19. Bizarre mammalian sex-determining mechanisms K. Fredga; 20. Environmental control of gonadal differentiation C. Pieau, M. Girondat, G. Desrages, M. Dorizzi, N. Richard-Mercier, P. Zaborski; Afterword; A man's a man for a' that R. V. Short; A few chromosomal differences among friends E. Balaban; Index.
400 pages, 26 b/w photos, 149 line diagrams, 11 tables
'A beautiful collection of reviews and essays on one of the central problems of modern biology ... excellent value for money for researchers and students alike.' A. Loudon, New Scientist ' ... encourages argument based on scientific observation.' John Bignall, The Lancet 'This book will be read with pleasure by anyone who is a biology graduate and who has a deep curiosity about animals. Its outstanding strengths are the panoramic breadth of its subject matter, the authority of its authors and (with a few exceptions) the accessibility of its language. I would not hesitate to recommend it as an undergraduate text.' Trends in Genetics