Data for: Telomere dynamics in relation to experimentally increased locomotion costs and fitness in great tits

Simon Verhulst, Els Atema & Arie J. Van Noordwijk
Evidence that telomere length (TL) and dynamics can be interpreted as proxy for ‘life stress’ experienced by individuals stems largely from correlational studies. We tested for effects of an experimental increase of workload on telomere dynamics by equipping male great tits (Parus major) with a 0.9 gram backpack for a full year. In addition, we analysed associations between natural life-history variation, TL and TL dynamics. Carrying 5% extra weight for a year did not significantly...
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