The Handicap Principle

@article{Samhita2010TheHP,
  title={The Handicap Principle},
  author={Laasya Samhita},
  journal={Resonance},
  year={2010},
  volume={15},
  pages={434-440}
}
The Handicap Principle is an idea proposed by the husband and wife scientist team of Amotz and Avishag Zahavi from Israel in the 1970’s. It is among the most innovative ideas of the 20th century in the field of behavioural biology and attempts to explain several long-standing puzzles that have baffled naturalists since the time of Darwin. Although the theory was initially met with scepticism by the scientific community, with time and with sophisticated mathematical modelling it has now gained… Expand
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The authors convincingly demonstrate that when an animal acts altruistically, it handicaps itself-assumes a risk or endures a sacrifice-not primarily to benefit its kin or social group but to increase its own prestige within the group and thus signal its status as a partner or rival. Expand