Mate Choice

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 1983 - Medical - 462 pages
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Animals may be careful in their choice of mates for a variety of reasons. The ideal mate may have to hold valuable resources as well as being highly fertile or fecund. As likely as not, it should be neither too closely related nor too distantly related, and it should be maximally attractive. All these aspects of a member of the opposite sex may influence how many descendants the pair could produce, but the importance of each will usually depend on the sex and the species of the individual making the choice. This book brings together modern thinking on the various functions of mate choice and its role in evolution. The ways in which finely tuned preferences for a particular member of the opposite sex develop are described, as is the importance of compatibility between mates in long-lived species. Finally, the book deals with the underlying mechanisms and the decision rules involved in choosing a mate. The different approaches of the authors combine to make an excellent overview of an attractive and fascinating topic. The book is particularly directed at students, teachers, and research workers, who are interested in evolution and behaviour, but the surveys it contains will be of considerable use to others whose main field of interest is in the social sciences.
  

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Contents

The study of mate choice
3
Monogamy an ambiguous concept
33
Characteristics of sexual selection
51
Sexual selection by female choice
53
Sexual selection the interface of theory and empiricism
67
Leks and mate choice
109
Sex differences in choosiness
139
Mate quality and mating decisions
141
Mate choice in the Mallard
297
Early experience and sexual preferences in rodents
311
Compatibility of mates
329
Remating in birds
331
Mate choice in the Kittiwake Gull
361
Mate choice in humans as an interpersonal process
377
Hormonal mechanisms
387
Hormonal mechanisms of mate choice in birds
389

Mate choice in rolereversed species
167
Malemale competition and mate choice in anuran amphibians
181
Mate choice in the European Rabbit
211
Nonrandom mating
225
Nonrandom mating and offspring fitness
227
Optimal outbreeding
257
Assortative mating mate choice and reproductive fitness in Snow Geese
279
Endocrine determinants and constraints on sexual behaviour in monkeys
407
Decision rules
421
Life history tactics and alternative strategies of reproduction
423
Tactics of mate choice
435
Index
449
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