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Sexual segregation is best known in sexually dimorphic ungulates. Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the evolution of sexual segregation in ungulates, but all are reducible to the influence of two factors: body size and sex-specific reproductive strategy. Definitive tests of these...
Marsupials are distinguished from eutherian mammals in their mode of reproduction. They give birth to a highly altricial young, which completes its development whilst attached to a teat, usually within a pouch. The marsupial neonate has relatively well-developed digestive, respiratory and...
To study marsupial developmental mechanisms and their application to fertility control, it is necessary to develop reliable procedures for breeding, colony maintenance, reproductive monitoring for obtaining known-age embryos and, if possible, an induced ovulation protocol. These procedures also...
In eutherian mammals sexual differentiation occurs during fetal development, making experimental manipulation difficult, unlike in marsupials. We are investigating the roles of several key genes and hormones whose exact role in gonadal differentiation is still unclear using the tammar wallaby (...
Owing to its small size, favourable reproductive characteristics, and simple husbandry, the gray, short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica , has become the most widely distributed and intensively utilised laboratory-bred research marsupial in the world today. This article provides an overview...
Marsupials of the order Dasyuromorphia have features that make them useful as models for ageing processes in humans. First, they are long-lived for their size, with most small species living for at least 1 year, often several years, contrasting with the mouse, a conventional model for ageing...
Maternal recognition of pregnancy in marsupials occurs in more subtle ways than it does in eutherians. For instance, unlike in eutherians, the plasma progesterone profiles of pregnant and non-pregnant animals are similar during the luteal phase. It is typically during the brief luteal phase that...
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