Antlers honestly advertise sperm production and quality.

@article{Malo2005AntlersHA,
  title={Antlers honestly advertise sperm production and quality.},
  author={Aurelio F Malo and Eduardo R. S. Roldan and J. Juli{\'a}n Garde and Ana Josefa Soler and Montserrat Gomendio},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={272 1559},
  pages={149-57}
}
Evolutionary theory proposes that exaggerated male traits have evolved via sexual selection, either through female mate choice or male-male competition. While female preferences for ornamented males have been amply demonstrated in other taxa, among mammals sexual characters are commonly regarded as weapons whose main function is to enhance male competitiveness in agonistic encounters. One particularly controversial hypothesis to explain the function of male sexual characters proposes that they… CONTINUE READING
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