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Inbreeding and its avoidance in a wild bird population

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Inbreeding occurs when relatives mate and have offspring. Inbreeding depression is hypothesized to have influenced the evolution of mating systems and behavioural mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in the animal kingdom. Inbreeding in the wild is difficult to measure, as in order to build a pedigree allowing us to identify matings between relatives, the identity of as many as possible members of a population needs to be known. For a long time, the main source of knowledge about inbreeding dep...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Research group:
Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology
Oxford college:
Queen's College
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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Supervisor
Publication date:
2007
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK

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