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Mate Choice: The Evolution of Sexual Decision Making from Microbes to Humans

Gil G. Rosenthal


The popular consensus on mate choice has long been that females select mates likely to pass good genes to offspring. This book overturns much of this conventional wisdom. Providing the first synthesis of the topic in more than three decades, and drawing from a wide range of fields, including animal behavior, evolutionary biology, social psychology, neuroscience, and economics, the book argues that “good genes” play a relatively minor role in shaping mate choice decisions and demonstrates how mate choice is influenced by genetic factors, environmental effects, and social interactions. Looking a ... More

Keywords: mate choice, good genes, direct selection, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, neurobiology, social sciences, genetic factors, environmental effects, social interactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150673
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gil G. Rosenthal, author
Texas A&M University