forces (Úbeda and Wilkins, 2008). Overly aggressive growth may lead to cancer.
The third section extends our discussion of growth-related pathologies in mammals by considering morphological and behavioral pathologies. Overexpression of normally paternally expressed factors in humans associates with characters such as a protruding tongue, a wide mouth, and excessive feeding solicitation behavior by offspring. By contrast, overexpression of normally maternally expressed factors associates with characters such as growth hormone deficiency, low birth weight, lack of appetite, and poor sucking ability (Eggermann et al., 2008). We also discuss psychiatric pathologies that associate the paternally expressed tendencies with autism and the maternally expressed tendencies with psychosis (Crespi and Badcock, 2008).
The fourth section reviews antagonism between the sexes (Rice and Holland, 1997). Distinct male and female characters interact in mating and fertilization. The sexes often conflict because, in a mating, males push to increase the chance of fertilization success, to increase current female investment in the male’s offspring, and to reduce future female mating. Females may push back by resisting male control over fertilization, future mating, and patterns of maternal resource investment in different offspring. Perturbations to these conflicts may lead to infertility.
A different sort of antagonism between the sexes occurs when the same trait is expressed in both males and females, such as aspects of metabolism, physiology, or structure (van Doorn, 2009). Often, males and females are favored to express this common trait in different ways. To the extent that the trait cannot be modulated completely to different expression in the two sexes, natural selection favors a balanced expression of the trait that averages the best trait value in each sex. In some cases, there is no conflict, but rather an intermediate outcome between the divergent characters favored in males and females.
The fifth section presents our theory of X versus autosome conflict. For a trait expressed in both sexes, the autosomes typically favor an intermediate expression that weights equally the best trait expression in males and females. By contrast, the X chromosome favors an intermediate value that weights the trait expression favored by females twice as much as the trait expression favored by males. This conflict between the X chromosome and the autosomes can lead to exaggeration of the opposing forces and to pathology when perturbations disrupt the conflict.
We conclude by reiterating the importance of pathology in the study of conflict. Normally, one cannot see the strongly opposed forces in a conflict, because the observed trait typically reflects an intermediate balance that might be expected in the absence of conflict. Perturbation