Overview:Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions - What is responsible for the differences between the sexes in so many animals, from the brilliant plumage of birds of paradise to the antlers on deer? And why are the traits that distinguish the sexes sometimes apparently detrimental to survival? Even when they look more or less alike, why do males and females sometimes behave differently? Questions like these have intrigued scientists and the public alike for many years, and new discoveries are showing us both how wildly variable the natural world is, and how some basic principles can help explain much of that variation. Like natural selection, sexual selection is a process that results from differential representation of genes in successive generations. Under sexual selection, however, the crucial characteristics that determine whether an individual reproduces depend on sexual competition, rather than survival ability.This Very Short Introduction considers the history of our understanding of sexual selection, from Darwin's key insights to the modern day.Considering the investment animals place on reproduction, variation in mating systems, sexual conflict, and the origin of sexual dimorphism, Marlene Zuk and Leigh Simmons discuss questions such as whether females can really choose between males on aesthetic grounds, and how sexual conflict is resolved in different species. They conclude with a consideration of the thorny question of how, and even if, sexual selection theory applies to humans. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
This book is on page /a06b960ac9dc90216ed4e00b41bc8290/book/1603726880-9780198778752. It was written by the following authors: Leigh W. Simmons, Marlene Zuk. Book Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions, which can be read online, published by the company: Oxford University Press. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Science, Nature, Popular Science, Technology, Medicine. The book was published on 2018-08-23 00:00:00. It has 160 pages and is published in Paperback format and weight 124 g. File for download Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions has PDF format and is called sexual-selection-a-very-short-introduction-very-short-introductions.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our topcanal.eu site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.
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