Choosing mates: good genes versus genes that are a good fit.

  title={Choosing mates: good genes versus genes that are a good fit.},
  author={Herman L. Mays and Geoffrey R Hill},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={19 10},
Female choice for male ornamental traits is widely accepted as a mechanism by which females maximize their reproductive success and/or offspring quality. However, there is an increasing empirical literature that shows a fitness benefit of genetic diversity and a tendency for females to use genetic dissimilarity as a criterion for mate choice. This genetic compatibility hypothesis for female mate choice presents a paradox. How can females use both an absolute criterion, such as male… CONTINUE READING
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