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DISHONESTY AND THE HANDICAP PRINCIPLE

Abstract:

The handicap principle states that stable biological signals must be honest. Here, it is argued that they need only be honest 'on average'. If signallers employ a number of different signalling strategies at equilibrium, then the handicap principle cannot entirely rule out dishonesty. A formal demonstration of this possibility, using evolutionarily stable strategy techniques, is provided and the conditions that might lead to the evolution of multiple signalling strategies are discussed. It is...

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10.1006/anbe.1993.1253

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Author
Journal:
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Volume:
46
Issue:
4
Pages:
759-764
Publication date:
1993-10-05
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ISSN:
0003-3472
URN:
uuid:28220392-f3d0-4602-b9d2-97b2312196e0
Source identifiers:
386583
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pubs:386583

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