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Author Andersson, M. B.

Title Sexual selection / Malte Andersson.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1994]


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 UniM BioMed  591.56 ANDE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Princeton paperbacks.
Princeton paperbacks.
Monographs in behavior and ecology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references page ([445]-559) and indexes.
Contents 1. The Theory of Sexual Selection -- 2. Genetic Models of Fisherian Self-Reinforcing Sexual Selection -- 3. Genetic Models of Indicator Mechanisms -- 4. Empirical Methods -- 5. Some Case Studies -- 6. Empirical Studies of Sexually Selected Traits: Patterns -- 7. Sexual Selection in Relation to Mating System and Parental Roles -- 8. Benefits of Mate Choice -- 9. Species Recognition, Sexual Selection, and Speciation -- 10. Constraints -- 11. Sexual Size Dimorphism -- 12. Weapons -- 13. Coloration and Other Visual Signals -- 14. Acoustic Signals -- 15. Chemical Signals -- 16. Alternative Mating Tactics -- 17. Sexual Selection in Plants -- 18. Sexual Selection: Conclusions and Open Questions.
Summary 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.
Subject Sexual selection in animals.
ISBN 0691000573 (alk. paper) $24.95
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