A sex allocation theory for vertebrates: combining local resource competition and condition-dependent allocation.

@article{Wild2007ASA,
  title={A sex allocation theory for vertebrates: combining local resource competition and condition-dependent allocation.},
  author={Geoff Wild and Stuart A. West},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2007},
  volume={170 5},
  pages={E112-28}
}
Tests of sex allocation theory in vertebrates are usually based on verbal arguments. However, the operation of multiple selective forces can complicate verbal arguments, possibly making them misleading. We construct an inclusive fitness model for the evolution of condition-dependent brood sex ratio adjustment in response to two leading explanations for sex ratio evolution in vertebrates: the effect of maternal quality on the fitness of male and female offspring (the Trivers-Willard hypothesis… CONTINUE READING

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