Closing time effect: towards the end of the mating season, your acceptance threshold decreases (or the partner's attractiveness increases). Congratulation to Louise for this nice theoretical analysis.
📄 Chevalier et al (2020) Fluctuating dynamics of mate availability promote the evolution of flexible choosiness in both sexes. American Naturalist

Very rare case in mammals of used for agonistic intraspecific competition.
📄 Nekaris et al (2020) Slow lorises use venom as a weapon in intraspecific competition. Current Biology 30:R1252–R1253

Bodysnatcher, puppeteer, : the words have meaning. Very relevant analysis of misuse of catchy sentences and in science illustrated by the literature about host manipulation by .
📄 Doherty (2020) When fiction becomes fact: exaggerating host manipulation by parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 287:20201081

Looking for a good book about game theory in biology? This is surely an excellent introduction by some of the most influential theoreticians in behavioural ecology.
📄 McNamara & Leimar (2020) Game theory in biology: concepts and frontiers. Oxford University press, Oxford, UK

Adaptive function of tusk: hyperallometric scaling suggests that tusk length is an exaggerated trait under sexual selection.
📄 Graham et al. (2020) The longer the better: evidence that narwhal tusks are sexually selected. Biology Letters 16:20190950

Is the of driven by neurobiological or cultural constraints? An analysis based on the comparison of 2474 languages reveals that emotion words vary in meaning across languages, but some general trends are conserved between geographically distant cultures.
📄 Jackson et al. (2019) Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Science 366:1517–1522

Recurring selective pressure during annual is necessary to maintain migration-associated adaptations in .
📄 Tenger-Trolander et al (2019) Contemporary loss of migration in monarch butterflies. PNAS 201904690

90 years old and still snappy. A vivid interview with the “intellectual grenade thrower” ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Ed. O. Wilson. He has challenged well-established dogmas, he has expressed many controversial views, he was even arguably wrong several times, but what an inspiration for generations of ecologists!

Searching for a good non-technical introductory book about human population ? The 2017 book by Adam Rutherford is rich in anecdotes, very entertaining, lively, and written in an engaging style. I greatly enjoyed reading it.
📄 Rutherford A (2017) A brief history of everyone who ever lived: the human story retold through our genes. The Experiment, New-York

Superbly illustrated review about anti-predator strategies in anurans.
📄 Ferreira (2019) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73:69

The of in still a major topic in behavioural . Here is a nice experimental and theoretical study in showing that indiscriminate possibly evolved when kin discrimination is prone to error, mean among social partners is high, and the relative benefits of helping are large.
📄 Duncan et al. (2019) American Naturalist

mating (partners resemble each other) is a central question in evolutionary biology. A meta-analysis in species reveals that such a pattern may be less common than previously thought, mainly due to publication bias.
📄 Wang et al. (2019) Scrutinizing assortative mating in birds. PLoS Biology 17:e3000156

Ultrasonic signal emitted by a toxic to prevent predation by .
📄 O'Reilly (2019) Deaf moths employ acoustic Müllerian mimicry against bats using wingbeat-powered tymbals. Scientific Reports 9:1444

of : evidence for innate sense of collaboration and indebtedness, distinct from or in-group favouritism may explain the emergence of and in Human.
📄 McGrath & Gerber (2019). Experimental evidence for a pure collaboration effect. Nature Human Behaviour

Birds prefer parent lookalikes as mates: sexual in wild populations by the legendary evolutionary biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant.
📄 Grant & Grant (2018) Role of sexual imprinting in assortative mating and premating isolation in darwin's finches. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115:E10879-E10887

Peep show experiments investigating cultural transmission in fly. Almost seven years of hard work and a beautiful paper by Etienne Danchin and Guillaume Isabel from Toulouse.
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