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Fisherian Runaway in Different Systems

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By Fisherian Runaway genetically oriented evolutionary biologists understand the effect that sexual selection favors the evolution of traits that are disadvantageous for survival. Male ornamentation like the peacock plumage are a typical example.

From fauceir perspective this is nothing unusual it results from imprecision in measuring resources during evolutionary progress. We observe similar phenomena everywhere:

Biology

  • Increasing size as observed in Dinosaurs and ancient insects

Society

  • Conspicuous consumption (to signal status similar to peacock plumage)
  • Charity (to signal social competence)
  • Extensive form of economic reproduction

Tags: Adaptation Theory

 
   

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