Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts

This week Biology Letters published a short opinion piece by Sara Lewis and colleagues (including me) on the state of play for research on nuptial gifts in animals. Substances transferred from one mating partner to another are not limited to gametes, and this piece tries to clarify the conceptual significance of this behaviour and stimulate productive future research by carefully defining what a nuptial gift is and clarifying  different categories of gifts on the basis of their source and transmission mode. The piece is described for a more popular audience here.

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Posted on July 19, 2014, in Publications. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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