sexual selection

Word of Mouth
8:40 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The laws of attraction based on bad data?

Photo Credit USDAgov, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Angus Batemen’s mid-twentieth century study into the breeding habits of fruit flies concluded that females are a limiting factor in reproduction – in other words, they are choosy about mates – while males are sexually indiscriminate. Sound familiar?  Batmen’s paper on sexual selection has been cited nearly two-thousand times since its original publication. His ideas have trickled into popular portrayals and jokes about   prudish, commitment-centric women and indiscriminate, sex-hungry men.

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