A long-term genetic model for the evolution of sexual preference: the theories of Fisher and Zahavi re-examined

@article{Eshel2002ALG,
  title={A long-term genetic model for the evolution of sexual preference: the theories of Fisher and Zahavi re-examined},
  author={I. Eshel and E. Sansone and F. Jacobs},
  journal={Journal of Mathematical Biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={45},
  pages={1-21}
}
  • I. Eshel, E. Sansone, F. Jacobs
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine, Mathematics
  • Journal of Mathematical Biology
  • Abstract Long-term co-evolution of male's sexual extravagance and female's preference for it is studied. Fisher's ``Sexy Son'' principle is checked against Zahavi's Handicap Principle. It is shown that although both principles are equally likely to explain this sort of co-evolution in the short run, only the second one allows for a long-term evolutionarily stable females' preference for costly male's extravagance. It is shown, however, that Fisher's argument, although not sufficient on its own… CONTINUE READING
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