Darwin's Theory of Sexual Selection and the Data Subsumed by it, in the Light of Recent Research

  title={Darwin's Theory of Sexual Selection and the Data Subsumed by it, in the Light of Recent Research},
  author={Julian Sorell Huxley},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={416 - 433}
  • J. Huxley
  • Published 1 September 1938
  • Psychology
  • The American Naturalist

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