Data from: Empirical tests of harvest-induced body-size evolution along a geographic gradient in Australian macropods

Thomas A. A. Prowse, Rachel A. Correll, Christopher N. Johnson, Gavin J. Prideaux & Barry W. Brook
1. Life-history theory predicts the progressive dwarfing of animal populations that are subjected to chronic mortality stress but the evolutionary impact of harvesting terrestrial herbivores has seldom been tested. In Australia, marsupials of the genus Macropus (kangaroos and wallabies) are subjected to size-selective commercial harvesting. Mathematical modelling suggests that harvest quotas (ca. 10–20 % of population estimates annually) could be driving body-size evolution in these species. 2. We tested this hypothesis for three harvested macropod...
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