Direct Benefits and the Evolution of Female Mating Preferences: Conceptual Problems, Potential Solutions, and a Field Cricket

@article{Wagner2011DirectBA,
  title={Direct Benefits and the Evolution of Female Mating Preferences: Conceptual Problems, Potential Solutions, and a Field Cricket},
  author={William E. Wagner},
  journal={Advances in The Study of Behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={43},
  pages={273-319}
}

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