Evolution: do bad husbands make good fathers?

Curr Biol. 2005 Oct 25;15(20):R836-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2005.10.005.


Males sometimes harm their mates as they seek to maximise the number of offspring they sire. But are females really suffering or do the benefits of having sons that inherit their father's manipulative traits make up for the costs? Three recent studies provide the first hard data addressing this issue, but they differ in their conclusions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aggression / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Female
  • Fertility / physiology
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Male
  • Selection, Genetic*
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*