The evolutionary ecology of nests: A cross-taxon approach

Mark C. Mainwaring, Mary Caswell Stoddard, Iain Barber, D. Charles Deeming, Mark E. Hauber

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygl Adolyguadolygiad gan gymheiriaid

28 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Nests, including the enormous structures housing colonies of eusocial insects and the elaborately built nests of some fishes, have long fascinated scientists, yet our understanding of the evolutionary ecology of nests has lagged behind our understanding of subsequent reproductive stages. There has, however, been a burgeoning amount of interest in nests over the past decade, and this special issue on ‘The evolutionary ecology of nests: a cross-taxon approach' outlines our understanding of the form and function of nests in diverse animal lineages. Papers in ‘The function of nests: mechanisms and adaptive benefits' theme examine the various functions of nests, while papers in ‘The evolution of nest characteristics' theme examine the evolution of nesting behaviours. Meanwhile, papers in the ‘Large communal nests in harsh environments' theme examine how the enormous structures constructed by eusocial insects and social birds enable them to inhabit harsh arid environments, whereas papers in the ‘Nests in the Anthropocene' theme examine how adaptive shifts in nest architecture allow animals to adapt to breed in the age of accelerating global human impacts. Finally, the synthesis outlines how the mixture of ideas and approaches from researchers studying different taxa will advance our understanding of this exciting field of research.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl20220136
Nifer y tudalennau7
CyfnodolynPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Rhif cyhoeddi1884
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar10 Gorff 2023
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 28 Awst 2023

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