August, 2009
Volume 24, Issue 8

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Volume 24, Issue 8

Same-sex sexual behaviour has been extensively documented in non-human animals. On pp. 439–446 of this issue, Nathan Bailey and Marlene Zuk advocate examining the role of these behaviours as agents of evolutionary change. Cover design by Philip Patenall.

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Speed–accuracy tradeoffs in animal decision making
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Exploring the evolutionary consequences of same-sex sex: lessons from the animal kingdom

Scientists have documented thousands of examples of same-sex sexual behavior in non-human animals and have put forth many intriguing theories to explain why such behaviors are so prevalent. However, not much attention has been devoted to the evolutionary consequences of same-sex interactions. Now, a paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution by Nathan W. Bailey and Marlene Zuk from the Department of Biology at the University of California, Riverside, highlights the importance of not just focusing on the origins of same-sex sexual behaviors but identifying the influence of such behaviors as agents of evolutionary change.

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