Bateman's principle (1948) Biology

January 2002
Dictionary of Theories;2002, p47
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A definition of the term "Bateman's principle" is presented. It refers to a theory in biology, according to which, in most polygamous species, some males will produce disproportionately large numbers of offspring. As a result the variance in reproductive success will be more among males than among females. The principle states that most females will reproduce, and the number of offspring they produce will vary little from female to female.


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