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Evolution & Ecology Research Centre and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales


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Nongenetic inheritance / parental effects


Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2018. Extended Heredity: A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution. Princeton University Press.

In Extended Heredity, Bonduriansky and Day explain why the classic genocentric concept of heredity is overly narrow, and why an extended concept of heredity is necessitated by the basic features of cellular life. They review evidence for nongenetic inheritance, and show that phenomena that are “‘epigenetic’” in the strict sense are part of a much broader array of nongenetic inheritance mechanisms. They then illustrate how extended heredity can be incorporated into evolutionary theory, and use this framework to revisit some of the thorniest puzzles in evolutionary biology, showing how the insights provided by extended heredity can allow us to see these questions in a new light. Finally, they consider the implications of extended heredity for the practical concerns of human beings in a rapidly changing world.

Book Reviews

Helanterä (TREE)

Futuyma (ESIC)

Uller (Evolution)

Henikoff (Curr.Biol.)

Laland (Science)

Pontarotti & Etxeberria

(Hist Philos Life Sci)

The Inquisitive Biologist


Q & A on the PUP blog

Kevin Laland & Katrina Falkenberg

Stefania Prandi/Azione


Hardcover / paperback

Other languages

Italian, Chinese




Macartney, E.L., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Parental dietary protein effects on offspring viability in insects and other oviparous invertebrates: a meta-analysis. Current Research in Insect Science 2: 1000045.

Edelaar, P., Bonduriansky, R., Charmantier, A., Danchin, E. and Pujol, B. 2021. Response to Kalchhauser et al.: Inherited-gene-regulation is not enough to understand non-genetic inheritance. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 36: 475-476.

Bonduriansky, R. 2021. Plasticity across generations. IN: Pfennig, D., editor. Phenotypic Plasticity & Evolution: Causes, Consequences, Controversies. CRC Press.

Macartney, E.L., Bonduriansky, R. and Crean, A.J. 2020. Frequent mating reduces male mating rate but not offspring quality or quantity in a neriid fly. Evolutionary Ecology 34: 915-927.

Burke, N.W., Nakagawa, S. and Bonduriansky, R. 2020. Sexual conflict explains diverse patterns of transgenerational plasticity. bioRxiv doi.org/10.1101/846287

Rutkowska, J., Lagisz, M., Bonduriansky, R. and Nakagawa, S. 2020. Mapping the past, present and future research landscape of paternal effects. BMC Biology 18: 183.

Angell, C., Oudin, M., Rode, N.O., Mautz, B., Bonduriansky, R. and Rundle, H. 2020. Development time mediates the effect of larval diet on ageing and mating success of male antler flies in the wild. Proc. R. Soc. B doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/68hcs

Wylde, Z., Spagopoulou, F., Hooper, A.K., Maklakov, A.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Parental breeding age effects on descendants’ longevity interact over two generations in matrilines and patrilines. PLoS Biology 17(11): e3000556 doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000556

Macartney, E., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2018. Epigenetic paternal effects as costly, condition-dependent traits. Heredity 121: 248-256.

Bonduriansky, R. and Crean, A.J. 2018. What are parental condition-transfer effects and how can they be detected? Methods in Ecology and Evolution doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12848.

Macartney, E., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Adult dietary protein has age- and context-dependent effects on male post-copulatory performance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 1633-1643.

Crean, A. J., Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2016. Seminal fluid and mate choice: new predictions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 253-255.

Bonduriansky , R., Runagall-McNaull, A., and Crean, A. J. 2016. The nutritional geometry of parental effects: maternal and paternal macronutrient consumption and offspring phenotype in a neriid fly. Functional Ecology 30: 1675-1686.

Crean, A. J., Kopps, A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Revisiting telegony: Offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate. Ecology Letters 17: 1545-1552.

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Crean, A. J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. What is a paternal effect? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 554-549.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Paternal effects on offspring fitness reflect father's social environment. Evolutionary Biology 40: 288-292.

Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2012. Nongenetic inheritance and the evolution of costly female preference. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 76-87.

Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Nongenetic inheritance for behavioral ecologists (Commentary on Ledon-Rettig et al.). Behavioral Ecology 24: 326-327. 

Hallsson, L., Chenoweth, S.F. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. The relative importance of genetic and nongenetic inheritance in relation to trait plasticity in Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2422-2431.

Bonduriansky, R. 2012. Rethinking heredity, again. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27: 330-336.

Bonduriansky, R. , Crean,  A.J. and Day, T. 2012. The implications of nongenetic inheritance for evolution in changing environments. Evolutionary Applications 5: 192-201.

Day, T. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. A unified approach to the evolutionary consequences of genetic and nongenetic inheritance. The American Naturalist 178: E18-E36.

Bonduriansky, R. 2010. Nongenetic inheritance and environmental change (keynote contribution). In: Grant, F., Mergeay, J., Santamaria, L., Young, J. and Watt, A.D. (eds.). Evolution and Biodiversity: The evolutionary basis of biodiversity and its potential for adaptation to global change (e-conference report).

Bonduriansky, R. and Day, T. 2009. Nongenetic inheritance and its evolutionary implications. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40: 103-125.

Marshall, D. J., Bonduriansky, R. and Bussière, L. F. 2008. Offspring size variation within broods as a bet-hedging strategy in unpredictable environments. Ecology 89: 2506-2517.

Bonduriansky, R. and Head, M. 2007. Maternal and paternal condition effects on offspring phenotype in Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 2379-2388.