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Sexually selected traits evolve positive allometry when some matings occur irrespective of the trait

Fromhage, Lutz; Kokko, Hanna

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Positive allometry of secondary sexual traits (whereby larger individuals have disproportionally larger traits than smaller individuals) has been called one of the most pervasive and poorly understood regularities in the study of animal form and function. Its widespread occurrence is in contrast with theoretical predictions that it should evolve only under rather special circumstances. Using a combination of mathematical modeling and simulations, here we show that positive allometry is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70465
Source: Evolution
DOI: 10.1111/evo.12349

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