Data from: Postnatal dynamics of developmental stability and canalization of lizard head shape under different environmental conditions

Marko M. Lazić, Miguel A. Carretero, Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović & Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou
Developmental stability (DS) and canalization are key determinants of phenotypic variation. To provide a better understanding of how postnatal growth is involved in determining the effects of DS and canalization on phenotypic variation, we studied within- and among-individual variation in head shape in ontogenetic series of lizards inhabiting urban and rural environments. Urban lizards exhibited increased fluctuating asymmetry during the early postnatal stages, but asymmetry levels decreased during growth. By contrast, asymmetry remained constant across...
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