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Mating systems and strategies

Author: Stephen M Shuster; Michael John Wade
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2003.
Series: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book presents the first unified conceptual and statistical framework for understanding the evolution of reproductive strategies. Using the concept of the opportunity for sexual selection, the authors illustrate how and why sexual selection, though restricted to one sex and opposed in the other, is one of the strongest and fastest of all evolutionary forces. They offer a statistical framework for studying
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen M Shuster; Michael John Wade
ISBN: 0691049300 9780691049304 0691049319 9780691049311
OCLC Number: 49959373
Description: x, 533 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The opportunity for selection --
The ecology of sexual selection --
The phenology of sexual selection --
Multiple matings and postcopulatory, prezygotic sexual selection --
Female life history and sexual selection --
The [delta] / surface --
Conceptual difficulties in mating system research --
Behavioral influences on [delta] / --
A classification of mating systems --
A Darwinian perspective on alternative mating strategies --
Sexual selection and alternative mating strategies --
The forms of alternative mating strategies.
Series Title: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Responsibility: Stephen M. Shuster & Michael J. Wade.
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