Sperm Biology

Sperm Biology

An Evolutionary Perspective

1st Edition - October 23, 2008

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  • Editors: Scott S. Pitnick, Dave J. Hosken, Tim Birkhead
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080919874
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725684

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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.

Key Features

  • The first review survey of this emerging field
  • Written by experts from a broad array of disciplines from the physiological and biomedical to the ecological and evolutionary
  • Sheds light on the intricacies of reproduction and the coevolution of sperm, egg and reproductive behavior


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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 674
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: October 23, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080919874
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725684

About the Editors

Scott S. Pitnick

Scott Pitnick is a Professor of Biology at Syracuse University in the Center for Reproductive Evolution and Department of Biology. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University. Since 2014, he has held the endowed Weeden Professorship in Biology. His other current appointments include acting member of the Biology of Spermatozoa Conference Steering Committee, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, International Workshop on Gamete Evolution and Speciation, and the Animal Behavior Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Syracuse University, NY, USA

Dave J. Hosken

David Hosken is the Dean of Strategic Development and Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter, Cornwall. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from The University of Western Australia, specializing in sperm competition in bats. He is a member of numerous professional organizations such as the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, The Genetics Society, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. His areas of expertise are evolutionary biology, statistical genetics, inbreeding, sexual selection, behavioral ecology, and animal behavior.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dean of Strategic Development and Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK

Tim Birkhead

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Sheffield, UK

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