Directional Patterns of Female Mate Choice and the Role of Sensory Biases

@article{Ryan1992DirectionalPO,
  title={Directional Patterns of Female Mate Choice and the Role of Sensory Biases},
  author={M. Ryan and A. C. Keddy-Hector},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1992},
  volume={139},
  pages={S4 - S35}
}
A review of the literature reveals that, if females prefer traits that deviate from the population mean, they usually prefer traits of greater quantity. In cases in which the sensory bases of these preferences are identified, females prefer traits of greater quantity because these traits elicit greater sensory stimulation. However, two caveats apply. First, the studies surveyed might not represent an unbiased sample of mate choice, because researchers usually study systems characterized by… Expand
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