Sexual selection: the handicap principle does work – sometimes

@article{Pomiankowski1987SexualST,
  title={Sexual selection: the handicap principle does work – sometimes},
  author={A. Pomiankowski},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  year={1987},
  volume={231},
  pages={123 - 145}
}
  • A. Pomiankowski
  • Published 1987
  • Psychology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
Zahavi’s ‘handicap principle’ proposes that females prefer males with handicaps (mating characters that reduce survival chances) because handicaps are indicators of heritable viability. It is shown here that there are conditions under which the ‘handicap principle’ causes the runaway exaggeration of male handicaps and female mating preferences. The conditions required are (a) that the fitness effects of the handicap and ‘viability’ genes combine non-multiplicatively (Zahavi’s handicap), and/or… Expand
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