The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Matt Ridley
This Study Guide consists of approximately 26 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Red Queen.
This section contains 641 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Study Guide

Chapter 5 begins with a description of the mating behavior of Australian brush Turkeys. The male of the species spends a great deal of time amassing tons of leaves and other material to make large mounds for the female's eggs. Interestingly, though, the male does not know if he is the father of the eggs and is often not the father. Why then does the male turkey spend so much time making a safe home for eggs that are not his own? The answer lies in the fact that the price he extracts from any female who wants to use his mound is that he be able to mate with her. Female turkeys prefer well-built mounds to mounds of poor construction. Male turkeys that are skilled mound makers will attract more females and hence reproduce more. Here we have a good example at sexual rather than...

(read more from the Chapter 5 Summary)

This section contains 641 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.