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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 th... weiterlesen
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Titel: Sexual Selection:
Autor/en: Malte Andersson

ISBN: 0691000573
EAN: 9780691000572
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
PRINCETON UNIV PR

Juni 1994 - kartoniert - 624 Seiten

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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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

<TR>Preface<TR>Acknowledgments<TR>1The Theory of Sexual Selection3<TR>2Genetic Models of Fisherian Self-Reinforcing Sexual Selection32<TR>3Genetic Models of Indicator Mechanisms53<TR>4Empirical Methods80<TR>5Some Case Studies100<TR>6Empirical Studies of Sexually Selected Traits: Patterns124<TR>7Sexual Selection in Relation to Mating System and Parental Roles143<TR>8Benefits of Mate Choice184<TR>9Species Recognition, Sexual Selection, and Speciation207<TR>10Constraints227<TR>11Sexual Size Dimorphism247<TR>12Weapons295<TR>13Coloration and Other Visual Signals315<TR>14Acoustic Signals349<TR>15Chemical Signals369<TR>16Alternative Mating Tactics379<TR>17Sexual Selection in Plants396<TR>18Sexual Selection: Conclusions and Open Questions433<TR>References445<TR>Author Index561<TR>Subject Index581<TR>Taxonomic Index588

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1995 "Sexual Selection provides a masterly account of both the complex mathematical theory and the relevant data... [It] deserves to be widely read as a definitive summary of what we know about sexual selection and as a guide to what remains to be done."--Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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