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, Sexual selection andersson 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 Sexual selection andersson 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
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It arrived well before the estimated date of shipping. Exceptionally well written book that explains complex issues in a simple language and engaging style. Very well written and well organized comprehensive review.
The book is aimed at a specialist audience, but is to anyone who has basic knowledge of evolutionary theory.
Perhaps the best aspect of the book is the author's description of how the conclusions discussed were reached, his thorough discussion of alternative ideas, and his willingness to admit what cannot be concluded from available evidence. The author barely discusses humans, but for anyone interested in how sexual selection has affected our species, get the real story of how sexual selection actually works and then start to think for yourself.
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(Volume publication date November ) kapiolaniparkonline.com /kapiolaniparkonline.com W A Searcy, and M Andersson. Download. Trends Ecol Evol. Feb;11(2) Sexual selection. Andersson M(1), Iwasa Y. Author information: (1)Dept of Zoology, University of Göteborg.
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