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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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Dynamic Evolution of Preferences, Strategies, and Traits

Dynamic Evolution of Preferences, Strategies, and Traits

(p.388) Chapter 15 Dynamic Evolution of Preferences, Strategies, and Traits
Mate Choice

Gil G. Rosenthal

Princeton University Press

This chapter reviews the theoretical and empirical literature concerning the co-evolution of chooser preferences and courter traits. It begins by summarizing the simplest scenario for coevolution between traits and preferences. It then reviews the evidence for genetic covariance between traits and preference. The remainder of the chapter discusses adaptive coevolution, mode of transmission and preference-trait coevolution, the limits of indirect selection, compatibility and epistasis, mate choice as an agent of trait evolution, population-level consequences of mate choice, and coevolution of multiple traits and preferences. It suggests that the contribution of good genes, and additive indirect benefits more generally, may be quite small relative to other forms of selection on preference.

Keywords:   mate choice, mating preference, covariance, sexual selection

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