The Evolution of Large Body Size in Females: a Critique of Darwin's "fecundity Advantage" Model

  • Published 2004


In most species of animals, females attain larger body sizes than do males. This generality was established for many groups (e.g., spiders, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles) by Darwin (1874), and it has been supported and extended by many subsequent workers. Even for taxa such as mammals and birds, in which males frequently are the larger sex, there… (More)


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