Showing Off, Handicap Signaling, and the Evolution of Men's Work

@inproceedings{Hawkes2002ShowingOH,
  title={Showing Off, Handicap Signaling, and the Evolution of Men's Work},
  author={Kristen Hawkes and Rebecca Bliege Bird},
  year={2002}
}
  • Kristen Hawkes, Rebecca Bliege Bird
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Zahavi's1,2 handicap principle makes “waste” a common outcome of signal selection because the cost of a signal guarantees its honesty. The capacity to bear the cost reveals the show-off's hidden qualities. While displays take many forms, some also provide fitness-related benefits to the audience in addition to information about the show-off. Zahavi3 has used the handicap principle to explain both merely wasteful displays and altruistic behavior. Here we focus on the distinction between these… CONTINUE READING

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