Prenatal acoustic communication programs offspring for high posthatching temperatures in a songbird.

Mariette, Mylene and Buchanan, Katherine 2016, Prenatal acoustic communication programs offspring for high posthatching temperatures in a songbird., Science, vol. 353, no. 6301, pp. 812-814, doi: 10.1126/science.aaf7049.

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Title Prenatal acoustic communication programs offspring for high posthatching temperatures in a songbird.
Author(s) Mariette, MyleneORCID iD for Mariette, Mylene orcid.org/0000-0002-6648-5819
Buchanan, KatherineORCID iD for Buchanan, Katherine orcid.org/0000-0002-6648-5819
Journal name Science
Volume number 353
Issue number 6301
Start page 812
End page 814
Total pages 3
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Place of publication Washington D.C., Wash.
Publication date 2016-08-19
ISSN 1095-9203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
ADAPTIVE SIGNIFICANCE
GROWTH
NESTLINGS
BEHAVIOR
EMBRYOS
STRESS
DUCKS
BIRD
Summary In many species, embryos can perceive and learn external sounds. Yet, the possibility that parents may use these embryonic capacities to alter their offspring's developmental trajectories has not been considered. Here, we demonstrate that zebra finch parents acoustically signal high ambient temperatures (above 26°C) to their embryos. We show that exposure of embryos to these acoustic cues alone adaptively alters subsequent nestling begging and growth in response to nest temperature and influences individuals' reproductive success and thermal preferences as adults. These findings have implications for our understanding of maternal effects, phenotypic plasticity, developmental programming, and the adaptation of endothermic species to a warming world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1126/science.aaf7049
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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