Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective

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Tim R. Birkhead, Dave J. Hosken, Scott S. Pitnick
Academic Press, Nov 21, 2008 - Science - 674 pages

Sperm Biology represents the first analysis of the evolutionary significance of sperm phenotypes and derived sperm traits and the possible selection pressures responsible for sperm-egg coevolution.

An understanding of sperm evolution is fast developing and promises to shed light on many topics from basic reproductive biology to the evolutionary process itself as well as the sperm proteome, the sperm genome and the quantitative genetics of sperm. The Editors have identified 15 topics of current interest and biological significance to cover all aspects of this bizarre, fascinating and important subject. It comprises the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the evolution of sperm and pointers for future research, written by experts in both sperm biology and evolutionary biology. The combination of evolution and sperm is a potent mix, and this is the definitive account.

  • The first review survey of this emerging field
  • Written by experts from a broad array of disciplines from the physiological and biomedical to the ecological and evolutionary
  • Sheds light on the intricacies of reproduction and the coevolution of sperm, egg and reproductive behavior
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Three centuries of sperm research
1
selection for a small motile gamete mating type catherine
43
Chapter 3 Sperm morphological diversity
69
Chapter 4 The evolution of spermatogenesis
151
Chapter 5 Sperm motility and energetics
185
Chapter 6 Sperm competition and sperm phenotype
207
Chapter 7 Ejaculatefemale and sperm female Interactions
247
Chapter 8 The evolutionary significance of variation in spermegg interactions
305
Chapter 10 Evolutionary quantitative genetics of sperm
405
Chapter 11 Sperm proteomics and genomics
435
the evolution and genetics of male meiotic drive
471
Chapter 13 Unusual gametic and genetic systems
507
Chapter 14 Sperm and conservation
539
Chapter 15 Sperm human fertility and society
565
Index
599
Color Plates
643

Chapter 9 Sperm and speciation
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