Positive Allometry and the Prehistory of Sexual Selection

@article{Tomkins2010PositiveAA,
  title={Positive Allometry and the Prehistory of Sexual Selection},
  author={J. L. Tomkins and N. Lebas and M. Witton and D. Martill and S. Humphries},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2010},
  volume={176},
  pages={141 - 148}
}
The function of the exaggerated structures that adorn many fossil vertebrates remains largely unresolved. One recurrent hypothesis is that these elaborated traits had a role in thermoregulation. This orthodoxy persists despite the observation that traits exaggerated to the point of impracticality in extant organisms are almost invariably sexually selected. We use allometric scaling to investigate the role of sexual selection and thermoregulation in the evolution of exaggerated traits of the… Expand
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