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sexual selection

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

The theory, proposed by Darwin, that in some species males compete for mates and that characteristics enhancing their success in mating would have value and be perpetuated irrespective of...

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Symmetry, attractiveness and sexual selection

Gillian Rhodes and Leigh W. Simmons.

in Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

April 2007; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience. 15065 words.

This article considers whether a human preference for symmetry is an adaptation for mate choice. If it is, then symmetry should be attractive and it should signal mate quality. The article...

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Hormones and the Development of Communication-Related Social Behavior in Birds

Elizabeth Adkins-Regan.

in Oxford Handbook of Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience

November 2009; p ublished online July 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience. 21192 words.

Avian communication and social behavior have been a rich source of insights into the epigenetic nature of development. Hormones are both mechanisms permitting behavior to occur in...

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