Effect of food availability to lactating mothers on the variation of offspring body condition with age.

<p>Non-linear temporal variation of log (body mass) residuals [adjusted for log (femur length)] of offspring from females fed <i>ad libitum</i> (AL, panel A) and from calorie restricted females (CR, panel B). The curve describing the age effect (solid line) was extracted from GAMMs. Dashed lines depict 2 standard error point-wise confidence bands, and black dots provide partial residuals. In panel A., red dashed line points the date at which body condition is above average, thereby signing a sustained high body mass increase relative to body size growth. In panel B., red dashed lines and bold labels delimit the period of delayed growth.</p>