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Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow

By: Anders Pape Moller
376 pages, 115 line illus
Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow
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  • Sexual Selection and the Barn Swallow ISBN: 9780198540281 Paperback May 1994 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Presents a long-term field study of the monogamous barn swallow, and uses the findings to review the theory of sexual selection and its two main components: male-male competition and female choice.


1. Introduction; 2. Models of sexual selection and monogamy; 3. The study organism; 4. Male mating advantages; 5. Benefits of mate choice; 6. Determinants of tail ornament size; 7. Advantages of early arrival; 8. Options for unmated males; 9. Parasites and sexual selection; 10. Parental care and male ornamentation; 11. Sperm competition and sexual selection; 12. Sexual size dimorphism and female ornaments; 13. Geographic variation in ornament size; 14. Synthesis; References; Author index; Subject index; Taxonomic index

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By: Anders Pape Moller
376 pages, 115 line illus
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"Moller's field studies are remarkable in scope, in the degree to which experimentation has been employed and in the extent to which they confirm a priori theory. Collectively they make one of the most complete cases so far for adaptive female choice of a sexual ornament..." --Nature
"This book is not confined to sexual selection in its narrow sense of reproductive competition; Moller uses barn swallows to examine virtually every important question in evolutionary biology....The book touches on topics ranging from speciation to life history theory, with nods along the way to foraging ecology, sex ratio evolution, migration, and the evolutionary consequences of geographic variation....Moller displays a remarkable opportunism in his research, losing no chance to turn the smallest piece of information into a test of a hypothesis....This dedication to detail is combined with a thorough grounding in theory throughout the book....Perhaps some of the biologists using Drosophila or Caen
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