Quantitative genetics of extreme insular dwarfing: the case of red deer (Cervus elaphus) on Jersey

José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, Ana Santos, Elisa Barreto, Felipe Naves, Wanderson Santos, Kelly Souza, Rejane Santos-Silva, Ricardo Dobrovolski, Thannya Soares, Rosana Tidon, Zander Spigoloni, Thiago Rangel, Pasquale Raia, Joaquín Hortal & Lucas Jardim
Aim: The Island Rule – i.e. the tendency for body size to decrease in large mammals and increase in small mammals on islands has been commonly evaluated through macroecological or macroevolutionary, pattern-orientated approaches, which generally fail to model the microevolutionary processes driving either dwarfing or gigantism. Here, we seek to identify which microevolutionary process could have driven extreme insular dwarfism in the extinct dwarf red deer population on the island of Jersey. Location: Jersey, UK...
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