Mate selection-a selection for a handicap.

@article{Zahavi1975MateSS,
  title={Mate selection-a selection for a handicap.},
  author={Amotz Zahavi},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  year={1975},
  volume={53 1},
  pages={
          205-14
        }
}
  • A. Zahavi
  • Published 1 September 1975
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of theoretical biology
It is suggested that characters which develop through mate preference confer handicaps on the selected individuals in their survival. These handicaps are of use to the selecting sex since they test the quality of the mate. The size of characters selected in this way serve as marks of quality. The understanding that a handicap, which tests for quality, can evolve as a consequence of its advantage to the individual, may provide an explanation for many puzzling evolutionary problems. Such an… 

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