Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective

Tim R. Birkhead, David J. Hosken, Scott Pitnick

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Sperm Biology represents the first analysis of the evolutionary significance of sperm phenotypes and derived sperm traits and the possible selection pressures responsible for sperm-egg coevolution. An understanding of sperm evolution is fast developing and promises to shed light on many topics from basic reproductive biology to the evolutionary process itself as well as the sperm proteome, the sperm genome and the quantitative genetics of sperm. The Editors have identified 15 topics of current interest and biological significance to cover all aspects of this bizarre, fascinating and important subject. It comprises the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the evolution of sperm and pointers for future research, written by experts in both sperm biology and evolutionary biology. The combination of evolution and sperm is a potent mix, and this is the definitive account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages642
ISBN (Electronic)9780080919874
ISBN (Print)9780123725684
StatePublished - Oct 23 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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