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Evolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy
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Evolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy

John Avise

Abstract

Covering both the internal and external incubation of offspring, this book provides a survey of the natural history, ecology, genetics and evolution of pregnancy-like phenomena. It covers a wide variety of pregnancies in a wide range of creatures: from mammals and other live-bearing organisms to viviparous reptiles, male-pregnant fishes, larval-brooding worms, crabs, sea cucumbers, and corals. It highlights the multifaceted ways in which the world's various species display pregnancy and other forms of parental devotion. It describes how an adult female (or male) can incubate its offspring in a ... More

Keywords: mode of pregnancy, mammals, viviparous reptiles, male-pregnant fishes, larval-brooding worms, womb, reproductive structures, ecological outcomes, evolutionary-genetic outcomes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231160605
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160605.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Avise, author
University of California at Irvine