June 17, 2011

So it's not about the feathers

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17 June 2011

Recent research has shown that the peacock's feathers are losing their power.

{Image from Wired}

The research flies in the face of years of belief that peahens, and by implication other female animals on this planet, are attracted to the male of the species who displays the most attractive plumage.

However, seven years of research has shown that the number of eyespots a peacock had did not improve a male's chances of garnering a mate - unless the number of eyespots fell below a certain threshold. In other words, most peacocks would mate often, except for the outright losers who had many less eyespots than the general population.

Well, our men will have to look for other ways of impressing us then...

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