Evolution of multiple sexual preferences by Fisher’s runaway process of sexual selection

@article{Pomiankowski1993EvolutionOM,
  title={Evolution of multiple sexual preferences by Fisher’s runaway process of sexual selection},
  author={Andrew Pomiankowski and Yoh Iwasa},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={1993},
  volume={253},
  pages={173 - 181}
}
  • A. PomiankowskiY. Iwasa
  • Published 23 August 1993
  • Economics
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
The evolution of multiple female preferences by Fisher’s runaway process is investigated. The main factor determining the evolutionary equilibrium is the joint cost of female choice. Multiple preferences evolve when the joint cost of two preferences is little more than the maximum of either cost alone. However, as the joint choice cost increases, one preference tends to dominate. Other preferences persist but are much weaker. The dominant preference is the one which gives the female the… 

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