Dominance Rank, Copulatory Behavior, and Differential Reproduction

  title={Dominance Rank, Copulatory Behavior, and Differential Reproduction},
  author={Donald A. Dewsbury},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={135 - 159}
  • D. Dewsbury
  • Published 1 June 1982
  • Biology, Psychology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
The view that high social rank is associated with high levels of both copulatory behavior and the production of offspring is widespread in the study of animal social behavior. In order to demonstrate the validity of this hypothesis it is necessary first to resolve ambiguities in the concept of dominance and to assign ranks by means of valid procedures. Second, copulatory behavior must be properly sampled, measured, and related to rank. Finally, it must be demonstrated that rank and increased… 
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