Selection of exaggerated male traits by female aesthetic senses

  title={Selection of exaggerated male traits by female aesthetic senses},
  author={Magnus Enquist and Anthony Arak},
DARWIN1 suggested that many apparently deleterious secondary sexual characters in males, such as bright colours, elaborate ornaments and conspicuous displays, evolved as a result of female choice. Darwin never tried to explain the crucial agent of selection, that females have preferences for exaggerated male traits. Rather, he took it for granted that females of many species possess a 'sense of the beautiful', akin to the aesthetic sense in humans. The question of why such preferences evolve… CONTINUE READING

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