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Preface and acknowledgements Part I. Sex Ratio Theory: 1. Models of sex ratio evolution Jon Seger and J. William Stubblefield 2. Optimal sex allocation: steps towards a mechanistic theory Ido R. Pen and Franz J. Weissing Part II. Statistical Analysis of Sex Ratio Data: 3. Statistical analysis of sex ratios: an introduction Kenneth Wilson and Ian C. W. Hardy 4. Analysis of sex ratios in social insects J. J. (Koos) Boomsma and Gösta Nachman 5. Analysis of sex ratio variances and consequences of sex allocation Sven Krackow, Evert Meelis and Ian C. W. Hardy 6. Comparative analysis of sex ratios Peter J. Mayhew and Ido R. Pen Part III. Genetics of Sex Ratio and Sex Determination: 7. Sex determining mechanisms in vertebrates Sarah B. M. Kraak and Ido R. Pen 8. Sex determination in invertebrates James M. Cook 9. Sex ratio distorters and their detection Richard Stouthamer, Gregory D. D. Hurst and J. A . J. (Hans) Breeuwer Part IV. Animal Sex Ratios Under Different Life-Histories: 10. Sex ratios of parasitic Hymenoptera with unusual life-histories Paul J. Ode and Martha S. Hunter 11. Sex ratio control in arrhenotkous and pseudo-arrhenotokous mites Maurice W. Sabelis, C. J. (Kees) Nagelkerke and J. A. J. (Hans) Breeuwer 12. Aphid sex ratios William A. Foster 13. Sex ratios in birds and mammals: can the hypotheses be disentangled Andrew Cockburn, Sarah Legge and Michael C. Double 14. Human sex ratios: adaptations and mechanisms, problems and prospects John Lazarus Part V. Sex ratios in other kingdoms: 15. Sex ratios of malaria parasites and related protozoa Andrew Read, Todd G. Smith , Sean Nee and Stuart A. West 16. Sex allocation in hermaphroditic plants Peter G. L. Klinkhamer and Tom J. de Jong 17. Sex ratios in dioecious plants Tom J. de Jong and Peter G. L. Klinkhamer Part VI. Applications of sex ratios: 18. Operational sex ratios and mating competition Charlotta Kvarnemo and Ingrid Ahnestjö 19. Using sex ratios: the past and the future Steven Hecht Orzack 20. Using sex ratios: why bother? Stuart A. West and Edward Allen Herre.