Navigation Links
New theory on why male, female lemurs same size
Date:7/14/2009

When it comes to investigating mysteries, Sherlock Holmes has nothing on Rice University biologist Amy Dunham. In a newly published paper, Dunham offers a new theory for one of primatology's long-standing mysteries: Why are male and female lemurs the same size?

In most primate species, males have evolved to be much larger than females. Size is an advantage for males that guard females to keep other males from mating with them, and evolutionary biologists have long wondered why lemurs evolved differently. Some theories have suggested that environment played a role or that lemur social development was altered due to the extinction of predatory birds.

"Scientifically, this is quite a big question that researchers have debated for over 20 years," said Dunham, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. "I actually started doing research on lemurs as an undergraduate, working in Ranomafana (National Park in Madgascar), and the question about size monomorphism has bugged me since then."

In a paper featured on the cover of this month's Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Dunham offers one of the first new theories on lemur monomorphism in more than a decade.

After an exhaustive review of the observational work done on lemurs, Dunham came to the conclusion that male lemurs do guard their mates, just like other primates. But unlike gorillas and other primates that fight for mating rights with females, male lemurs have evolved to passively guard their mates.

They do this by depositing a solid plug inside the female's reproductive tract just as they finish mating. The plug is deposited as a liquid protein but quickly hardens and stays in place for a day or two. Since many female lemurs are sexually responsive to males for only one day out of the entire year, the plug serves the purpose of preventing other males from mating with the female, while also freeing the male to mate with other females during the br
'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
druth@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. New theory gives more precise estimates of large-scale biodiversity
2. MS study offers theory for why repair of brains wiring fails
3. Rumbaughs theory links positions of Wilson, Skinner
4. Clarke clarifies pattern recognition theory
5. Researchers disprove 15-year-old theory about the nervous system
6. Rethinking the genetic theory of inheritance
7. Nearly a century later, new findings support Warburg theory of cancer
8. No place like home: New theory for how salmon, sea turtles find their birthplace
9. Scientists present moving theory behind bacterial decision-making
10. Revised theory suggests carbon dioxide levels already in danger zone
11. Armored fish study helps strengthen Darwins natural selection theory
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New theory on why male, female lemurs same size
(Date:4/10/2015)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/cjk4gb/security ) has ... - NEC" report to their offering. ... to supply a range of IT security management and ... on the development of a Big Data and cloud ... Asia-Pacific region is a core ...
(Date:4/2/2015)... HAMBURG, Germany , April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... ten fingerprint tests DERMALOG by far outperforms the ... While always maintaining high accuracy, the system is ... second. Hence, the speed proves up to be ... 40% faster than its runner-up performance. ...
(Date:4/1/2015)... OXFORD, Conn. , Apr. 1, 2015  NXT-ID, ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... number of Wocket smart wallets is underway to early ... early access group includes usage at retail outlets including ... CVS Pharmacy. Users report Wocket was accepted at all ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NEC Security Competitive Profile 2015 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 2DERMALOG AFIS Emerges as Performance Winner in NIST Benchmark Test 3NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 2NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 3NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 4
... assumed that if mercury is high and increasing in fish ... true of fish elsewhere in the Arctic. But a ... discovered that assumption is wrong in much of the continental ... a result of diverse atmospheric, geological, and biological conditions, "It ...
... developed a new vaccine that protects against lethal pneumonia ... drug-resistant strains like MRSA. The research team was ... in the UI Carver College of Medicine. The findings ... Infectious Disease . The new vaccine targets toxins ...
... , a sprawling shrub that grows on just a single ... in its family and genus. It is also one of ... 200 million years ago. Now, researchers from Indiana University, with ... Penn State University, and the Institute of Research for Development ...
Cached Biology News:Virginia Tech research overturns assumption about mercury in the Arctic 2Virginia Tech research overturns assumption about mercury in the Arctic 3Staph stoppers 2A gluttonous plant reveals how its cellular power plant devours foreign DNA 2A gluttonous plant reveals how its cellular power plant devours foreign DNA 3
(Date:4/16/2015)... The Council for Agricultural Science ... Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Dr. Channapatna ... in Alabama. Award nominees must demonstrate an ability ... the use of television, radio, or other social ... a specialist in the field of plant genetics ...
(Date:4/16/2015)... 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Bioenterprise Corporation is pleased to announce ... Charlottetown , PEI.  Bioenterprise has established ... ADAPT Council for the commercialization of agricultural technologies and ... with PEI ADAPT.  They have been at the heart ... decade," explains Dave Smardon , President & CEO ...
(Date:4/16/2015)...  Scientists from Cleave Biosciences will be participating in ... the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015 ... April 19, 2015 from 3:15pm to 5:15pm ET. ... present new in vivo and mechanism of action study ... a critical enzyme that controls various aspects of protein ...
(Date:4/16/2015)... VANCOUVER, British Columbia and MENLO ... DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQX: DMPI) (DelMar and the ... proven cancer therapies in new orphan drug indications, today ... has been added as a clinical trial site for ... patients with refractory glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The 2015 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Goes to Channapatna Prakash 2Bioenterprise Corporation Expands into the Maritimes 2Cleave Biosciences to Participate in Special Session "New Drugs on the Horizon" at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 2Cleave Biosciences to Participate in Special Session "New Drugs on the Horizon" at AACR Annual Meeting 2015 3DelMar Pharmaceuticals Adds Fourth Clinical Trial Site in Phase I/II Multicenter Study of VAL-083 for Recurrent Malignant Glioma 2DelMar Pharmaceuticals Adds Fourth Clinical Trial Site in Phase I/II Multicenter Study of VAL-083 for Recurrent Malignant Glioma 3DelMar Pharmaceuticals Adds Fourth Clinical Trial Site in Phase I/II Multicenter Study of VAL-083 for Recurrent Malignant Glioma 4DelMar Pharmaceuticals Adds Fourth Clinical Trial Site in Phase I/II Multicenter Study of VAL-083 for Recurrent Malignant Glioma 5
... with its goal of extending electronic government and ... how such a massive undertaking can take place ... sharing information and integrating systems has been clear ... , ,What has been missing is the organizational ...
... carefully established position as a nexus for research and development ... academic and other research institutions, according to a new report. ... This prediction comes from the Wisconsin Technology Council ... report, titled The Economic Value of Academic Research and Development ...
... Institutes of Health. Madison, Wis. ... Wednesday that it will receive a $1.26 million Phase II ... Health. , ,The funds will be used to help produce ... disorder that kills red blood cells. This results in a ...
Cached Biology Technology:State CIO wants to unify electronic government 2State CIO wants to unify electronic government 3State CIO wants to unify electronic government 4Economic report raises red flags on Wisconsin's future 2Economic report raises red flags on Wisconsin's future 3Mirus receives $1.26 million SBIR grant to combat anemia 2
...
... The Luminex 200 IS System is ideal ... Upstate's Beadlyte reagents. This system contains the ... developed by Luminex. The user can design ... kits. The system has fully integrated graphing ...
... Quality ISO 9001:2000 Certified USDA Research ... Validated, SOP's Training AALAS Certified ... All Procedures GLP Documentation Upon Request ... shopping point for all your custom immunology ...
... Re-Blot Western Blot Recycling Kit is ... Western blots that have been developed ... other isotopes. It is not recommended ... 4-chloronapthol, etc.), as it is not ...
Biology Products: