Testing the Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis: past, present, and future.

  title={Testing the Hamilton-Zuk hypothesis: past, present, and future.},
  author={Susan L. Balenger and Marlene Zuk},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={54 4},
Hamilton and Zuk proposed a good-genes model of sexual selection in which genetic variation can be maintained when females prefer ornaments that indicate resistance to parasites. When trait expression depends on a male's resistance, the co-adaptive cycles between host resistance and parasite virulence provide a mechanism in which genetic variation for fitness is continually renewed. The model made predictions at both the intraspecific and interspecific levels. In the three decades since its… CONTINUE READING
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