The Evolution of Sexually Selected Traits
Press Release #10-042
What nature will do to attract the opposite sex! Male animals grow bright plumage and weird crests or horns, and perform complex songs and dances, all to get the eye of the female. St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) biology professor Jordan Price will present new evidence on how and why sexual traits evolve at a campus lecture at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Schaefer Hall #106. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"A notable gap in Darwin's Origin of Species was the absence of a clear explanation for the evolution of male secondary sexual characteristics through female choice," explained Price. "Even today, more than 150 years later, the mechanisms underlying this and other forms of sexual selection are not completely understood." In his talk, "Signatures of Sexual Selection," Price also will also talk about how such traits have changed in the past, and what this might tell us about the underlying mechanisms.
St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.