Ecological variation drives morphological differentiation in a highly social vertebrate

Annika Freudiger, Dario Josi, Timo Thünken, Fabian Herder, Jana Flury, David Marques, Michael Taborsky & Joachim Frommen
1. Animals may respond to ecological heterogeneity by genetic differentiation or phenotypic plasticity. Responses of organisms to their ecology can include adaptation at various levels of organization, including morphology, behaviour and social structure. Adaptations at one level might con-strain or enhance adaptations on other levels, which highlights the importance of understanding their interactions. 2. In highly social animals, understanding the influence of ecology on the evolution and maintenance of complex social organization poses an intriguing...
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