Genomic analysis reveals a polygenic architecture of antler morphology in wild red deer (Cervus elaphus)

Lucy Peters, Jisca Huisman, Loeske Kruuk, Josephine Pemberton & Susan Jonston
Sexually-selected traits show large variation and rapid evolution across the animal kingdom, yet genetic variation often persists within populations despite apparent directional selection. A key step in solving this long-standing paradox is to determine the genetic architecture of sexually-selected traits to understand evolutionary drivers and constraints at the genomic level. Antlers are a form of sexual weaponry in male red deer. On the island of Rum, Scotland, males with larger antlers have increased breeding success,...
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