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Title: Sexy streamers? The role of natural and sexual selection in the evolution of hirundine tail streamers
Authors: Park, Kirsty
Buchanan, Katherine Louise
Evans, Matthew
Keywords: flight performance
tail streamer
sexual selection
natural selection
Issue Date: Feb-2001
Publisher: Society for the Study of Evolution
Citation: Park K, Buchanan KL & Evans M (2001) Sexy streamers? The role of natural and sexual selection in the evolution of hirundine tail streamers, Evolution, 55 (2), pp. 445-446.
Abstract: In this comment we review some experiments, which address the initial selection pressures promoting the development of tail streamers in some hirundine species. The results of recent experiments have been interpreted as providing evidence for the hypothesis that tail streamers evolved as a handicap, through sexual selection. We offer an alternative explanation with evidence from our studies which suggest that tail streamers may have evolved initially through natural selection for increased manoeuvrability, and would not therefore originally act as a handicap.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Stirling
University of Stirling

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