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Publication details for Dr Jo SetchellSetchell, JM & Kappeler, PM (2003). Selection in relation to sex in primates. Advances in the Study of Behavior 33: 97-173.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
Author(s) from Durham
The causes, mechanisms and consequences of “mate” choice and competition for mates are currently among the most intensively discussed topics in evolutionary biology. However, primates are notably under-represented in this debate. In this review we briefly summarize the main concepts of modern sexual selection theory, then examine the evidence for the operation of sexual selection in primates. Traditional classifications of mating systems suffer from the problem of not considering reproductive strategies of both males and females equally, and are biased by a strong male perspective. We therefore discuss the male and female perspective separately, before examining the interaction of male and female strategies and sexual conflict. By using a comparative and theory-oriented approach to examine and integrate recent developments in primate sexual selection studies we aim to draw some general conclusions about sexual selection in primates, to identify reasons why primates have been neglected in particular areas of sexual selection research, and to stimulate future research on all aspects of sexual selection in primates.