Female competition and its evolutionary consequences in mammals

@article{Stockley2011FemaleCA,
  title={Female competition and its evolutionary consequences in mammals},
  author={Paula Stockley and Jakob Bro-J{\o}rgensen},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  year={2011},
  volume={86}
}
Following Darwin's original insights regarding sexual selection, studies of intrasexual competition have mainly focused on male competition for mates; by contrast, female reproductive competition has received less attention. [] Key Result Our review reveals female competition to be a potentially widespread and significant evolutionary selection pressure among mammals, particularly competition for resources among social species for which most evidence is currently available.

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