Female ornaments: is red skin color attractive to males and related to condition in rhesus macaques?

James Higham, Clare Kimock, Tara Mandalaywala, Michael Heistermann, Julie Cascio, Megan Petersdorf, Sandra Winters, Will Allen & Constance Dubuc
Sexual selection produces extravagant male traits, such as colorful ornaments, via female mate choice. More rarely, in mating systems in which males allocate mating effort between multiple females, female ornaments may evolve via male mate choice. Females of many anthropoid primates exhibit ornaments that indicate intra-individual cyclical fertility, but which have also been proposed to function as inter-individual quality signals. Rhesus macaque females are one such species, exhibiting cyclical facial color variation that indicates ovulatory...
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