Rebecca M. Stumpf is an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her research focuses on sexual conflict and sexual selection, more broadly. She incorporates behavioral, morphological, endocrinological and microbial analyses, field observations of wild primates, and comparative strategies (e.g., male vs. female, geographic, ontogenetic, and inter-specific comparisons) to better understand sexual selection in primates.
Sexual conflict in primates
Article first published online: 12 APR 2011
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 62–75, March/April 2011
How to Cite
Stumpf, R. M., Martinez-Mota, R., Milich, K. M., Righini, N. and Shattuck, M. R. (2011), Sexual conflict in primates. Evol. Anthropol., 20: 62–75. doi: 10.1002/evan.20297
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2011
- sexual conflict;
- sexual selection;
- sexually antagonistic selection;
Sexual conflict is increasingly recognized as a major force for evolutionary change and holds great potential for delineating variation in primate behavior and morphology. The goals of this review are to highlight the rapidly rising field of sexual conflict and the ongoing shift in our understanding of interactions between the sexes. We discuss the evidence for sexual conflict within the Order Primates, and assess how studies of primates have illuminated and can continue to increase our understanding of sexual conflict and sexual selection. Finally, we introduce a framework for understanding the behavioral, anatomical, and genetic expression of sexual conflict across primate mating systems and suggest directions for future research.