MAJOR‐HISTOCOMPATIBILITY‐COMPLEX‐ASSOCIATED VARIATION IN SECONDARY SEXUAL TRAITS OF WHITE‐TAILED DEER (ODOCOILEUS VIRGINIANUS): EVIDENCE FOR GOOD‐GENES ADVERTISEMENT

@article{Ditchkoff2001MAJORHISTOCOMPATIBILITYCOMPLEXAS,
  title={MAJOR‐HISTOCOMPATIBILITY‐COMPLEX‐ASSOCIATED VARIATION IN SECONDARY SEXUAL TRAITS OF WHITE‐TAILED DEER (ODOCOILEUS VIRGINIANUS): EVIDENCE FOR GOOD‐GENES ADVERTISEMENT},
  author={Stephen S. Ditchkoff and Robert L. Lochmiller and Ronald E. Masters and Steven R. Hoofer and Ronald A. Van Den Bussche},
  journal={Evolution},
  year={2001},
  volume={55}
}
Abstract Good‐genes hypotheses predict that development of secondary sexual characters can be an honest advertisement of heritable male quality. We explored this hypothesis using a cervid model (adult, male white‐tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus) to determine whether antler development could provide an honest signal of a male's genetic quality and condition to adversaries. We compared antler, morphometric, hormonal, and parasitic data collected from hunter‐harvested deer to characteristics… Expand
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