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Antlers honestly advertise sperm production and quality.

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Evolutionary theory proposes that exaggerated male traits have evolved via sexual selection, either through female mate choice or male-male competition. While female preferences for ornamented males have been amply demonstrated in other taxa, among mammals sexual characters are commonly regarded as weapons whose main function is to enhance male competitiveness in agonistic encounters. One particularly controversial hypothesis to explain the function of male sexual characters proposes that the...

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10.1098/rspb.2004.2933

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Roldan, ER More by this author
Gomendio, M More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
272
Issue:
1559
Pages:
149-157
Publication date:
2005-01-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:9d3880d0-2d8f-46fb-ae8f-7331fa808d09
Source identifiers:
384706
Local pid:
pubs:384706

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