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Mate ChoiceThe Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans$
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Gil G. Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150673

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001

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Selection on Mate Choice and Mating Preferences

Selection on Mate Choice and Mating Preferences

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Chapter 14 Selection on Mate Choice and Mating Preferences
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Mate Choice
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Gil G. Rosenthal

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.003.0014

This chapter focuses on the proximate sources of selection on chooser preferences and mate-choice algorithms. It surveys the sources of selection on the outcome of choice, and then turns to the evolution of mate-searching strategies and choosiness. Next, it examines at what point in the process choosers make choices. Should choosers reject matings from all but the most attractive courters, or should they mate promiscuously and make decisions during or after mating? The rest of the chapter focuses on the evolution of environmental and social reaction norms in mate choice, before considering the structural and ecological constraints on preference evolution. Mate choice can have positive or negative effects on choosers, and the magnitude and sign of these effects can vary dramatically as a function of ecological and social context over space and time.

Keywords:   mate choice, mating preference, courter, chooser, selection, mate searching

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