Appendix S1.DNA extraction, genotyping and pedigree construction methods.

Table S1 Characteristics of the meerkat microsatellite kit.

Table S2 Meerkat microsatellite marker and population genetics summary statistics.

Table S3 Comparison of the parentage inference performance of Colony2 and MasterBayes.

Table S4 Pair-wise correlation coefficients among explanatory variables.

Table S5 Summary of final minimal models of skull and forearm length.

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