sexual selection

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Coined by Charles Darwin in his 1871 work The Descent of Man.

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sexual selection (countable and uncountable, plural sexual selections)

  1. (evolutionary theory) A type of natural selection where members of the sexes acquire distinct forms either because the members of one sex choose mates with particular features or because in the competition for mates among the members of one sex only those with certain traits succeed.

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