Showing off, handicap signaling, and the evolution of men's work

@article{Hawkes2002ShowingOH,
  title={Showing off, handicap signaling, and the evolution of men's work},
  author={Kristen Hawkes and Rebecca Bliege Bird},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  year={2002},
  volume={11}
}
Zahavi's 1 , 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. Zahavi 3 has used the handicap principle to explain both merely wasteful displays and altruistic behavior. Here we focus on the distinction between… Expand
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