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Sexy to die for? Sexual selection and the risk of extinction

Kokko, Hanna; Brooks, Rob


Sexual selection is a field with a strong focus on the 'costs' of traits. However, whether such costs have an influence on the demography of the population is very rarely discussed. Here we present various processes through which sexual selection might have an impact on population viability and thus increase or decrease the risk of extinction. We argue that evolutionary 'suicide' - as sometimes suggested e.g. to have caused the extinction of the Irish elk - is unlikely in deterministic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Annales Zoologici Fennici


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