Sexual Selection

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NewSouth, Incorporated, 2013 - 48 pages
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In this volume, excerpted from Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy (NewSouth Books, 2013), Debbie Folkerts tackles the controversial topic of sexual selection, competition between members of the same sex for possession of mates and/or the choosing of mates by the members of one sex. Folkerts deftly describes the controversy among biologists over whether sexual selection is distinct from natural selection or just a special case of the latter. With numerous examples, from cannibalistic spiders to colorfully gaudy bird and flower displays, Folkerts makes this little-known and poorly understood subject come alive. She convincingly argues that, as is almost always the case, Darwin's 150-year-old ideas are still on the mark.

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Debbie Folkerts is Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. She earned a BS in Biology and a MS in Entomology from Auburn University and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Georgia. She teaches a variety of classes on organismal biology at freshman, senior, and graduate levels. Her research interests include carnivorous plant biology, plant-animal interactions, and spider ecology. She dedicates her chapter to the memory of her late husband, George W. Folkerts, who opened her eyes and the eyes of countless students to the wonders of nature, the joys of studying biology, and an understanding of life in the context of evolution through natural selection.

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