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Adaptive Evolution of Primate Sperm Proteins

  1. Nathaniel L Clark

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020775

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Clark, N. L. 2008. Adaptive Evolution of Primate Sperm Proteins. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008

Abstract

Adaptive pressures throughout primate evolution have shaped sperm and seminal fluid proteins, causing them to change more rapidly than most other proteins. The adaptations are thought to be in response to sperm competition, sexual conflict, pathogen evasion and reinforcement.

Keywords:

  • positive selection;
  • adaptive evolution;
  • sperm;
  • semen;
  • primate;
  • sexual selection