Uncoupling direct and indirect components of female choice in the wild.

  title={Uncoupling direct and indirect components of female choice in the wild.},
  author={Ryan G Calsbeek and Barry R. Sinervo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={99 23},
One of the most controversial debates in evolutionary biology concerns the fitness consequences of female choice in nature. Discriminating females may benefit from high-quality territories and/or sires with high-quality genes. Here we experimentally dissociate female preferences for high-quality territories and male body size in a wild population of side-blotched lizards, Uta stansburiana. Females preferred experimentally improved territories but still chose high-quality sires for their progeny… CONTINUE READING
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