Are there general principles of signal design?

  title={Are there general principles of signal design?},
  author={Marian S. Dawkins},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={340 1292},
  • Marian S. Dawkins
  • Published 1993 in
    Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society…
Explanations of signal design must meet three requirements: they must be logically coherent, they must explain the diversity in size of animal signals and they must explain the diversity in form of signals. Three selection pressures operating on animal signals are discussed: the degree of conflict or cooperation, the 'efficacy' of signals and how signalling costs are paid. A distinction is made between cases where costs of signalling are paid in the production of the signal and cases where… CONTINUE READING

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