The mismeasure of animal contests

  title={The mismeasure of animal contests},
  author={Phillip W. Taylor and Robert W. Elwood},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Contests between rivals placing similar value on the resource at stake are commonly won by the rival having greater ‘resource holding potential’ (RHP). Mutual assessment of RHP difference between rivals is usually expected as an economical means of resolution; weaker rivals can retreat when they detect their relative inferiority, thereby avoiding costly, futile persistence. Models of contest resolution that entail retreat decisions based on estimates of RHP difference predict that contest… CONTINUE READING
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