The Evolution of Reversed Sexual Size Dimorphism in Hawks, Falcons and Owls: A Comparative Study

@article{Krger2005TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Reversed Sexual Size Dimorphism in Hawks, Falcons and Owls: A Comparative Study},
  author={Oliver S. Kr{\"u}ger},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={19},
  pages={467-486}
}
Many hypotheses have been proposed to account for the origin and maintenance of reversed size dimorphism (RSD, females being larger than males) in hawks, falcons and owls, but no consensus has been reached. I performed comparative analyses, using both cross-taxa data and phylogenetically independent contrasts, to investigate potential correlates of reversed size dimorphism. Using a similar set of explanatory variables, covering morphology, life history and ecology, I tested whether any trait… CONTINUE READING

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