Special Issue "Sexual Selection"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (21 August 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Ken Yasukawa
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, United States
Interests: sexual selection; parental investment; host–brood parasite co-evolution; anti-predator behavior; mate choice; territoriality

Special Issue Information

Sexual selection was briefly mentioned by Darwin in 1859, and then described in detail in 1871 as a mechanism of evolution that depended on competition among males for possession of females. In the intervening 160 years, we have come to understand sexual selection as depending on differential mating success, which can occur in males or females before or after mating. Though met with initial skepticism at best (and utter rejection at worst), R. A. Fisher asserted in 1915 that sexual selection was one of Darwin’s most attractive ideas. By the mid-1990s, sexual selection was in an eruptive phase, and over the past 25 years many new theoretical and empirical studies have been published. Despite this relatively long history, debates and controversies about sexual selection continue today. This Special Issue will explore some of the controversial topics in sexual selection, including its role in the evolution of sexual dimorphism, ornaments, weapons, and sexual conflict; pre- and post-mating mechanisms; and the relationship between sexual selection and speciation, extinction, and gene expression. It will also explore how these debates continue to inform our understanding of the process of evolution.

Prof. Ken Yasukawa
Guest Editor

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  • cryptic female choice
  • extinction
  • gene expression
  • ornaments
  • sexual conflict
  • sexual dimorphism
  • social competition
  • speciation
  • sperm competition
  • weapons

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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