Contribution of genetics to the study of animal personalities: a review of case studies Kees van Oers 1,2,3) , Gerdien de Jong 4) , Arie J. van Noordwijk 2) , B. Kempenaers 1) & Pieter J. Drent 2) ( 1 Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, PO Box 1564, D-82319 Starnberg (Seewiesen), Germany; 2 Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Department of Animal Population Biology, PO Box 40, 6666 ZG, Heteren, The Netherlands; 4 Evolutionary Population Biology, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH, Utrecht, The Netherlands) (Accepted: 7 June 2005) Summary The need for evolutionary studies on quantitative traits that integrate genetics is increasing. Studies on consistent individual differences in behavioural traits provide a good opportunity to do controlled experiments on the genetic mechanisms underlying the variation and covaria- tion in complex behavioural traits. In this review we will highlight the contribution of genetic studies in animal personality research. We will start with reviewing the evidence that shows how much variation in animal personality traits is genetic, and connect this to knowledge from human personality studies. We will continue by considering the nature of that variation, its generation and maintenance. Finally we will point
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Published: Jan 1, 2005
Keywords: CONTEXT DEPENDENCE; REACTION NORM; PARUS MAJOR; PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY; QUANTITATIVE GENETICS; GENOTYPE ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION; BEHAVIOURAL SYNDROME
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