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Ecology 2007 21, 422433
 

Summary: Functional
Ecology 2007
21, 422433
422
2007 The Authors.
Journal compilation
2007 British
Ecological Society
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Contemporary evolution of secondary sexual traits
in the wild
E. I. SVENSSON and T. P. GOSDEN
Section for Animal Ecology, Department of Ecology, SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden
Summary
1. Sexual selection has been studied intensively, and is often strong in natural popula-
tions. Theoretical models, comparative studies and laboratory selection experiments all
suggest that evolution driven by sexual selection should be rapid and common.
2. However, there are relatively few documented cases of the contemporary evolution
of secondary sexual traits in natural populations. Moreover, the causes are not always
due to sexual selection, but often due to altered natural selection regimes, or an altered

  

Source: Agrell, Jep - Department of Ecology, Lunds Universitet
Svensson, Erik - Department of Ecology, Lunds Universitet

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology