The Roaring of Red Deer and the Evolution of Honest Advertisement

In: Behaviour
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  • 1 King's College Research Centre, University of Cambridge, England
  • 2 King's College Research Centre, University of Cambridge, England

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Abstract

In many large animals, changes in fighting ability within breeding seasons or across the lifetime of individuals are related to changes in body condition but not to obvious changes in size. In situations where a conflict of interests is likely to lead to a fight, we might consequently expect opponents to assess each other on traits which are related to variation in body condition. This appears to be the case among red deer stags. Competing

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