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Data from: Heritability and cross-sex genetic correlations of early life circulating testosterone levels in a wild mammal

Citation

Pavitt, Alyson T.; Walling, Craig A.; Pemberton, Josephine M.; Kruuk, Loeske E. B. (2014), Data from: Heritability and cross-sex genetic correlations of early life circulating testosterone levels in a wild mammal, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.7jn8t

Abstract

Testosterone is an important hormone that has been shown to have sex-specific links to fitness in numerous species. Although testosterone concentrations vary substantially between individuals in a population, little is known about its heritable genetic basis or between-sex genetic correlations that determine its evolutionary potential. We found circulating neonatal testosterone levels to be both heritable (0.160 ± 0.064 s.e.) and correlated between the sexes (0.942 ± 0.648 s.e.) in wild red deer calves (Cervus elaphus). This may have important evolutionary implications if, as in adults, the sexes have divergent optima for circulating testosterone levels.

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Isle of Rum
Scotland