The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies

  title={The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies},
  author={Rebecca Bliege Bird and Eric Alden Smith and Douglas W. Bird},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
On page 5 of the HTML version, the following paragraph contains reference to figures in Table 2, but the numbers do not match the figures in the table. The paragraph should read: [Hunting season hunts] ...After a successful hunt, hunters could expect to obtain a per capita net return of 4922 kcal/h if they divided the turtle among themselves; however, all hunts during this season provision feasts, and hunters keep no share of the turtle they provide. Hunters deliver the turtle whole to the… 

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Turtle hunting and tombstone opening. public generosity as costly signaling.

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    Evolution and human behavior : official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
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Handicap signalling: when fecundity and viability do not add up

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Critical tests of the handicap hypothesis should establish that signallers of different quality are on a rising fitness ridge because of different cost-benefit trade-offs, and whether receivers are maximizing their fitness requires additional experiments.

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