Testing the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis: a review of the evidence

@article{Roberts2004TestingTI,
  title={Testing the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis: a review of the evidence},
  author={Melissa L. Roberts and K L Buchanan and Matthew R. Evans},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={68},
  pages={227-239}
}
The immunocompetence handicap hypothesis was formulated 12 years ago in an attempt to offer a proximate mechanism by which female choice of males could be explained by endocrine control of honest signalling. The hypothesis suggested that testosterone has a dual effect in males of controlling the development of sexual signals while causing immunosuppression. Our purpose in this review is to examine the empirical evidence to date that has attempted to test the hypothesis, and to conduct a… CONTINUE READING
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