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Fine Fathers and Good Genes: The Direct and Indirect Benefits of Female Choice

Geoffrey E. Hill

in A Red Bird in a Brown Bag: The Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195148480
eISBN:
9780199893683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Ornithology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

There are two potential payoffs for a female who mates with a highly ornamented male: resources for herself and her offspring and good genes for offspring. Male House Finches with brighter plumage ... More


The Evolution of Altruism through Sexual Selection

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199778232
eISBN:
9780199897261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.003.0019
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

The basic idea underlying the evolution of altruism through sexual selection is that altruistic traits that are a burden to survival can evolve if they increase animals’ reproductive success. It is ... More


Reproduction

Anne E. Magurran

in Evolutionary Ecology: The Trinidadian Guppy

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198527855
eISBN:
9780191713576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527855.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Trinidadian guppies have become one of the classic examples of female choice. This chapter begins by summarizing the reproductive biology of male and female fish. Male tactics and female choice are ... More


Mate Choice: The Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans

Gil G. Rosenthal

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691150673
eISBN:
9781400885466
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The popular consensus on mate choice has long been that females select mates likely to pass good genes to offspring. This book overturns much of this conventional wisdom. Providing the first ... More


But she that filches from me my good name: Women and mate competition

in A mind of her own: The evolutionary psychology of women

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199609543
eISBN:
9780191747717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609543.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology

In most species, where male investment in offspring is minimal, males compete to attract females. In humans, the evolution of biparental care and monogamy meant that males became choosier and females ... More


Sexual Selection

Richard Mcelreath and Robert Boyd

in Mathematical Models of Social Evolution: A Guide for the Perplexed

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226558264
eISBN:
9780226558288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226558288.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Sexual selection refers to selection on individuals of the non-limiting sex (usually males) caused by differential access to the limiting sex (usually females). Following Julian Huxley, most people ... More


Turning on a Butterfly

Pete A. Ensminger

in Life Under the Sun

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088045
eISBN:
9780300133523
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088045.003.0013
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This chapter focuses on animal genitalia, their function, and the evolutionary significance of sexual selection. The good gene mechanisms of evolution by sexual dimorphism and the runaway sexual ... More


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