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Mate Choice - Patrick Bateson

Mate Choice

By: Patrick Bateson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th June 1983
ISBN: 9780521272070
Number Of Pages: 480

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Animals may be careful in their choice of mates for a variety of reasons. The ideal mate may have to hold valuable resources as well as being highly fertile or fecund. As likely as not, it should be neither too closely related nor too distantly related, and it should be maximally attractive. All these aspects of a member of the opposite sex may influence how many descendants the pair could produce, but the importance of each will usually depend on the sex and the species of the individual making the choice. This book brings together modern thinking on the various functions of mate choice and its role in evolution. The ways in which finely tuned preferences for a particular member of the opposite sex develop are described, as is the importance of compatibility between mates in long-lived species. Finally, the book deals with the underlying mechanisms and the decision rules involved in choosing a mate. The different approaches of the authors combine to make an excellent overview of an attractive and fascinating topic. The book is particularly directed at students, teachers, and research workers, who are interested in evolution and behaviour, but the surveys it contains will be of considerable use to others whose main field of interest is in the social sciences.

"...there is no volume that provides a better collection of ideas on mate choice. If you are interested in mate choice, you must read this book." Science "...succeeds admirably in providing a comprehensive review of our current knowledge of mate choice...it also offers many novel and unique hypotheses and methods for testing them as well as more traditional views; it should serve the active researcher usefully. In short, I enjoyed it and recommend it..." William M. Shields, Auk "...an exciting addition to the field and will be a point of departure for a great deal of future research." Evolution

List of contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction
The study of mate choicep. 3
Monogamy: an ambiguous conceptp. 33
Characteristics of sexual selection
Sexual selection by female choicep. 53
Sexual selection: the interface of theory and empiricismp. 67
Leks and mate choicep. 109
Sex differences in choosiness
Mate quality and mating decisionsp. 141
Mate choice in role-reversed speciesp. 167
Male-male competition and mate choice in anuran amphibiansp. 181
Mate choice in the European Rabbitp. 211
Non-random mating
Non-random mating and offspring fitnessp. 227
Optimal outbreedingp. 257
Assortative mating, mate choice and reproductive fitness in Snow Geesep. 279
Mate choice in the Mallardp. 297
Early experience and sexual preferences in rodentsp. 311
Compatibility of mates
Re-mating in birdsp. 331
Mate choice in the Kittiwake Gullp. 361
Mate choice in humans as an interpersonal processp. 377
Hormonal mechanisms
Hormonal mechanisms of mate choice in birdsp. 389
Endocrine determinants and constraints on sexual behaviour in monkeysp. 407
Decision rules
Life history tactics and alternative strategies of reproductionp. 423
Tactics of mate choicep. 435
Indexp. 449
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ISBN: 9780521272070
ISBN-10: 0521272076
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 27th June 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.7

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