Data from: High heritability of telomere length and low heritability of telomere shortening in wild birds

Christina Bauch, Jelle J. Boonekamp, Peter Korsten, Ellis Mulder & Simon Verhulst
Telomere length and telomere shortening predict survival in many organisms. This raises the question of the contribution of genetic and environmental effects to variation in these traits, which is still poorly known, particularly for telomere shortening. We used experimental (cross-fostering) and statistical (quantitative genetic ‘animal’ models) means to disentangle and estimate genetic and environmental contributions to telomere length variation in pedigreed free-living jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Telomere length was measured twice in nestlings, at ages 4...
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