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2014-04-30 11:57:57

It's official (in the horned beetle world at least), females prefer courtship over competitiveness – and it doesn't matter about the size of your mandibles either. An international study by scientists at the University of Exeter and the Universities of Okayama and Tsukuba in Japan investigated the complicated sexual conflict over mating in Gnatocerus cornutus, the horned flour-beetle. Female mate choice and male-male competition are the typical mechanisms of sexual selection. However,...

Sexual Conflict Affects Females More Than Males, At Least For Beetles
2014-04-29 17:03:55

University of Exeter Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that sexual conflict over mating impacts the parental care behavior and reproductive productivity of burying beetles. These beetles have surprisingly complex parental care, similar in form to that provided by birds such as robins or blackbirds, with offspring begging to be fed by touching parents, who respond by regurgitating partially digested food. Both males and females provide parental care, but females are...

2014-02-06 09:48:38

Females discern male mouse songs to avoid inbreeding Female mice prefer songs of mice that are different from their parents when selecting a mate, according to a study published February 5, 2014 in PLOS ONE by Akari Asaba from the Azabu University, Japan, and colleagues. Furthermore, these preferences may be shaped by early social experiences with their fathers. Many animals can learn the characteristics of a desirable mate when they are young, and this includes the ability to recognize...

2013-11-04 10:27:57

Female guppies in Trinidad seek rare males as mates When it comes to choosing a mate, female guppies don't care about who is fairest. All that matters is who is rarest. Florida State University Professor Kimberly A. Hughes in the Department of Biological Science has a new study just published in the journal Nature that is the first to demonstrate a female preference for rare males using an experiment in a wild population, rather than a laboratory setting. This study of genetic...

Why We Kiss
2013-10-11 12:18:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Far from a simple show of affection, kissing allows people to gauge a potential romantic partner or maintain a relationship with an existing partner, according to new research in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Kissing in human sexual relationships is incredibly prevalent in various forms across just about every society and culture,” said study author Rafael Wlodarski, a post-graduate student at the Department of Experimental...

2013-09-19 13:14:21

It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation for why some parents try to control who their children pair up with. The study, involving a University of Bristol researcher and published today in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, shows that this conflict over mate choice may be...

Birds Communicate Through Scents
2013-09-04 06:42:56

Michigan State University For most animals, scent is the instant messenger of choice for quickly exchanging personal profiles. Scientists, however, have long dismissed birds as odor-eschewing Luddites that don’t take advantage of scent-based communications. In a first-of-its-kind study, however, a Michigan State University researcher has demonstrated that birds do indeed communicate via scents, and that odor reliably predicts their reproductive success. The study appears in the...

Females Choose Biological Fitness Over Other Traits In Mating Game
2013-06-20 10:46:19

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis When a new species emerges following adaptive changes to its local environment, the process of choosing a mate can help protect the new species' genetic identity and increase the likelihood of its survival. But of the many observable traits in a potential mate, which particular traits does a female tend to prefer? A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis finds that a female's mating...

Big Feet Preferred For Karo Batak Women In Indonesia
2013-05-31 05:01:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study appearing in the journal Human Nature suggests that a group living in rural Indonesia has a bit of a big foot fetish. Geoff Kushnick, a University of Washington anthropologist, wrote that the Karo Batak men in Indonesia prefer women with big feet. He says that culture helps play a role in deciding what makes a mate attractive, and in the case of Karo Batak people, it´s a foot fetish. The Indonesia group's preference...

Female Lovelorn Frogs Grab The Closest Male
2013-05-20 13:16:57

BioMed Central What lures a lady frog to her lover? Good looks, the sound of his voice, the size of his pad or none of the above? After weighing up their options, female strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) bag the closest crooner they can, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers of Zoology. This seemingly short-sighted strategy turns out to be the optimal mate choice strategy for these colorful frogs. Males of the species congregate in the Costa Rican rain...


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