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A novel test of the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis reveals independent components of fertility.

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The phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis predicts that male sexual ornaments signal fertilizing efficiency and that the coevolution of male ornaments and female preference for such ornaments is driven by female pursuit of fertility benefits. In addition, directional testicular asymmetry frequently observed in birds has been suggested to reflect fertilizing efficiency and to covary with ornament expression. However, the idea of a phenotypic relationship between male ornaments and fertilizing ...

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10.1098/rspb.2003.2577

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
271
Issue:
1534
Pages:
51-58
Publication date:
2004-01-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:d0a85e98-28b6-4f94-9f8d-be95711cb569
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209274
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pubs:209274

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