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Sexual selection

Author: M B Andersson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
Series: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Bright colors, enlarged fins, feather plumes, song, horns, antlers, and tusks are often highly sex dimorphic. Why have males in many animals evolved more conspicuous ornaments, signals, and weapons than females? How can such traits evolve although they may reduce male survival? Such questions prompted Darwin's perhaps most scientifically controversial idea - the theory of sexual selection. It still challenges
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 93033276
(OCoLC)28891551
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M B Andersson
ISBN: 9780691207278 0691207275
OCLC Number: 1159948639
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 599 pages ): illustrations.
Contents: Theory of sexual selection --
Genetic models of Fisherian self-reinforcing sexual selection --
Genetic models of indicator mechanisms --
Empirical methods --
Empirical studies of sexually selected traits: patterns --
Sexual selection in relation to mating system and parental roles --
Benefits of mate choice --
Species recognition, sexual selection, and speciation --
Constraints --
Sexual size dimorphism --
Weapons --
Coloration and other visual signals --
Acoustic signals --
Chemical signals --
Alternative mating tactics --
Sexual selection in plants.
Series Title: Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Responsibility: Malte Andersson.

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Bright colors, enlarged fins, feather plumes, song, horns, antlers, and tusks are often highly sex dimorphic. Why have males in many animals evolved more conspicuous ornaments, signals, and weapons than females? How can such traits evolve although they may reduce male survival? Such questions prompted Darwin's perhaps most scientifically controversial idea - the theory of sexual selection. It still challenges researchers today as they try to understand how competition for mates can favor the variety of sex-dimorphic traits. Reviewing theoretical and empirical work in this very active field, Malte Andersson, a leading contributor himself, provides a major up-to-date synthesis of sexual selection.

The author describes the theory and its recent development; examines models, methods, and empirical tests; and identifies many unsolved problems. Among the topics discussed are the selection and evolution of mating preferences; relations between sexual selection and speciation; constraints on sexual selection; and sex differences in signals, body size, and weapons. The rapidly growing study of sexual selection in plants is also reviewed. This volume will interest students, teachers, and researchers in behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology.

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