assortative mating

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A form of nonrandom mating in which individuals select mates with a similar phenotype to themselves (positive assortative mating) or with a dissimilar phenotype to themselves ( negative assortative mating or disassortative mating). For example, humans tend to choose mates who are of a similar height to themselves.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.

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