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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.

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

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that sexual conflict over mating impacts the parental care behaviour and reproductive productivity of burying beetles.

2014-02-06 09:48:38

Female mice prefer songs of mice that are different from their parents when selecting a mate.

2013-11-04 10:27:57

When it comes to choosing a mate, female guppies don't care about who is fairest.

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

Far from a simple show of affection, kissing allows people to gauge a potential romantic partner or maintain a relationship with an existing partner.

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.

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

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.

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

A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis finds that a female's mating decisions are largely based on traits that reflect fitness or those that help males perform well under the local ecological conditions.

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

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.

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

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


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Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.