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Biological signals as handicaps.

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An ESS model of Zahavi's handicap principle is constructed. This allows a formal exposition of how the handicap principle works, and shows that its essential elements are strategic. The handicap model is about signalling, and it is proved under fairly general conditions that if the handicap principle's conditions are met, then an evolutionarily stable signalling equilibrium exists in a biological signalling system, and that any signalling equilibrium satisfies the conditions of the handicap p...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Journal of theoretical biology
Volume:
144
Issue:
4
Pages:
517-546
Publication date:
1990-06-05
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EISSN:
1095-8541
ISSN:
0022-5193
URN:
uuid:b80ede6d-d8cb-4ff3-87bf-4adf669b282f
Source identifiers:
386570
Local pid:
pubs:386570

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