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Sexual Conflict and the Tragedy of the Commons

Rankin, Daniel J.; Dieckmann, Ulf; Kokko, Hanna


It is widely understood that the costs and benefits of mating can affect the fecundity and survival of individuals. Sexual conflict may have profound consequences for populations as a result of the negative effects it causes males and females to have on one another's fitness. Here we present a model describing the evolution of sexual conflict, in which males inflict a direct cost on female fitness. We show that these costs can drive the entire population to extinction. To males, females are an...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: The American Naturalist
DOI: 10.1086/659947


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