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Provides the first comprehensive summary of the various forms of sexual communication and behaviour, and the consequences of interaction between the sexes. Topics include sex roles, sexual dimorphism in weapons, ornaments and armaments, sex ratios, sex differences in behaviour and development, mate choice, sexual conflict, sex-specific life history strategies, sperm competition and infanticide. The outcome of the evolutionary struggle between the sexes, the flexibility of roles and the leverage of females are also emphasised.
The book contains useful information for both novices and experts, with a good mix of theory and data. Anyone interested in either sexual selection or primates will find this volume useful, and it should be required reading for everyone interested in both topics. The Quarterly Review, Thore Bergman, Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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