Rapid evolution by sexual selection in a wild, invasive mammal

M. Aaron Owen & David Lahti
Sexual selection theory provides a framework for investigating the evolution of traits involved in attracting and competing for mates. We show that ecological factors can strongly influence the adaptive value of these traits, and changes to these factors can lead to rapid evolutionary change. We compared sexually selected traits in the small Indian mongoose (Urva auropunctata) between their sparsely-populated native range and four tropical islands to which they were introduced within the last 150 years...

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  • 2020

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  • Queens College, CUNY