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A recent paper on the theory of sexual selection via sensory bias finds it's very hard for sexual selection to amplify preferences once they have become established.... Read more »
Alicia M. Frame, Maria R. Servedio. (2012) The evolution of preference strength under sensory bias: a role for indirect selection?. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.273
Researchers have found sexual selection important in the evolutionary history of humans, and a lot of researchers are focusing on the roles of mate choice and life history in major transitions in human evolution. I find the transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural civilization the most interesting. This week I’ve read three interesting papers on three interesting facets of human sexual selection. These studies also did things in three different ways: there is a study of psychologica........ Read more »
Zietsch BP, Verweij KJ, & Burri AV. (2012) Heritability of preferences for multiple cues of mate quality in humans. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 66(6), 1762-72. PMID: 22671545
Alexandre Courtiol,, Jenni E. Pettayd,, Markus Jokelae,, Anna Rotkirchf, and, & Virpi Lummaaa,b. (2012) Natural and sexual selection in a monogamous historical human population. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1118174109
Sergey Gavrilets. (2012) Human origins and the transition from promiscuity to pair-bonding. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1200717109
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