Sperm Biology

An Evolutionary Perspective

Edited by

  • Tim Birkhead, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dave Hosken, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter in Cornwall, UK
  • Scott Pitnick, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, NY, USA

This book 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.
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Evolutionary and reproductive biologists, and ecologists, and andrologists, in biology departments and medical schools.


Book information

  • Published: October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-372568-4

Table of Contents

Sperm Biology: An Evolutionary Perspective

1. Three Centuries of Sperm Research

2. The Evolutionary Origin and Maintenance of Sperm: Selection for a Small, Motile Gamete Mating Type

3. Sperm Morphological Diversity

4. The Evolution of Spermatogenesis

5. Sperm Motility and Energetics

6. Sperm Competition and Sperm Phenotype

7. Ejaculate-Female and Sperm-Female Interactions

8. The Evolutionary Significance of Variation in Sperm-Egg Interactions

9. Sperm and Speciation

10. Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics of Sperm

11. Sperm Proteomics and Genomics

12. Drive and Sperm: The Evolution and Genetics of Male Meiotic Drive

13. Unusual Gametic and Genetic Systems

14. Sperm and Conservation

15. Sperm, Human Fertility and Society