Isabel Rangel Barón: High male sexual investment as a driver of extinction in fossil ostracods

High male sexual investment as a driver of extinction in fossil ostracods

High male sexual investment as a driver of extinction in fossil ostracods, Published online: 11 April 2018; doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0020-7

Ostracod species (small, bivalved crustaceans) with high sexual dimorphism, and therefore high male investment, had markedly higher extinction rates than low-investment species, indicating that sexual selection can be a substantial risk factor for extinction.

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