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The sexually-selected sperm hypothesis: sex-biased inheritance and sexual antagonism.

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When females are inseminated by more than one male (polyandry) sexual selection continues after insemination in the form of sperm competition and cryptic female choice. The sexually-selected sperm hypothesis proposes that, under the risk of sperm competition, additive variation in male traits determining fertilising efficiency will select for female propensity to be polyandrous in order to increase the probability of producing sons with superior fertilising efficiency. Two factors complicate ...

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10.1017/s1464793101005863

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
Volume:
77
Issue:
2
Pages:
183-209
Publication date:
2002-05-05
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EISSN:
1469-185X
ISSN:
1464-7931
URN:
uuid:c515412d-9e0c-479c-ba5c-aaa04416152e
Source identifiers:
209593
Local pid:
pubs:209593

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