The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies

@article{Bird2001TheHH,
  title={The hunting handicap: costly signaling in human foraging strategies},
  author={R. Bird and E. Smith and D. Bird},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={50},
  pages={96}
}
  • R. Bird, E. Smith, D. Bird
  • Published 2001
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Humans sometimes forage or distribute the products of foraging in ways that do not maximize indi- vidual energetic return rates. As an alternative to hypoth- eses that rely on reciprocal altruism to counter the costs of inefficiency, we suggest that the cost itself could be recouped through signal benefit. Costly signaling theory predicts that signals can provide fitness benefits when costs are honestly linked to signaler quality, and this in- formation is broadcast to potential mates and… CONTINUE READING
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