Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Female Mate Choice

Preference by females for some characteristic in males that make them more desired mates; in primates this may be potential parental ability among those species in which the male contributes to offspring rearing (this may be deduced by such things as quality of songs in gibbons), protection (may be based on body size), or territory occupied by the male. It is argued that females are more rigorous in mate choice because they have more invested in the offspring.

Cf. male mate choice.

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