Biochemical heterozygosity and morphologic variation in a colony of papio hamadryas hamadryas baboons
This analysis examines the association between genetic heterozygosity and individual morphologic variation in a captive population of Papio hamadryas hamadryas consisting of 403 juveniles and adults. The population structure of the colony was artificially generated and maintained and is thus rigorously defined. Subpopulations delimited by age, sex, and degree of inbreeding are also explored. Heterozygosity, as enumerated from six simple Mendelian biochemical loci, is compared with the residual morphologic variation of each individual for each of 20 quantitative traits. Use of a sequential Bonferroni technique nullifies all significant correlations. Principalcomponents analysis reduces the morphometries to a single or few significant axes in each population. The first axis of the total population contains 86.07% of the variation in the sample and the absolute values of the factor scores exhibit a significant positive correlation with heterozygosity at P < 0.05. Correcting for age- and sex-related variation in the total population with a linear model subsequently demonstrates that no significant correlation between heterozygosity and morphologic variation exists.
Society for the Study of Evolution
Population genetics; Polygenic; Inbreeding
Bamshad, M., Crawford, M. H., O'Rourke, D. H., & Jorde, L. B. (1994). Biochemical heterozygosity and morphologic variation in a colony of papio hamadryas hamadryas baboons. Evolution, 48(4), 1211-21.