Postcopulatory sexual selection: Darwin's omission and its consequences.

  title={Postcopulatory sexual selection: Darwin's omission and its consequences.},
  author={William G. Eberhard},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={106 Suppl 1},
In one of his few major oversights, Darwin failed to appreciate that male-male competition and sexual selection can continue even after copulation has begun. The postcopulatory equivalents of both direct male-male battles (sperm competition) and female choice (cryptic female choice) occur within the female's body. Recognition of this hidden, but intense, sexual competition provides new insights into a variety of fields. These include the hyperdiverse and paradoxically elaborate morphology of… CONTINUE READING
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