Lonely hearts or sex in the city? Density-dependent effects in mating systems.

@article{Kokko2006LonelyHO,
  title={Lonely hearts or sex in the city? Density-dependent effects in mating systems.},
  author={Hanna Kokko and Daniel J. Rankin},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={361 1466},
  pages={319-34}
}
Two very basic ideas in sexual selection are heavily influenced by numbers of potential mates: the evolution of anisogamy, leading to sex role differentiation, and the frequency dependence of reproductive success that tends to equalize primary sex ratios. However, being explicit about the numbers of potential mates is not typical to most evolutionary theory of sexual selection. Here, we argue that this may prevent us from finding the appropriate ecological equilibria that determine the… CONTINUE READING
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