Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Life-dinner Principle

Hypothesis that attempts to explain why prey are a step ahead of predators in evolutionary arms races; essentially the prey must be one step ahead because their lives depend on it, whereas for the predator only a meal is at stake. If prey are killed, they do not reproduce; if dinner is missed the predator may still reproduce, even if it eventually starves.

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