Dis 3 Review

Dis 3 Review - Miles Meyer 2/3/08 Discussion 3 Critique I....

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2/3/08 Discussion 3 Critique I. What question or hypothesis did the authors address? They examined the effects of different operational sex ratios on the male  and female fitness of the western mosquitofish. II. Why is it interesting? A. Why do the authors say it is interesting? The authors say that sexual conflict is a key factor in the evolution of  morphological, physiological and behavioral traits in a co  evolutionary arms race between the sexes, and it is interesting to  know what kinds of inter and intrasexual interactions have the most  important fitness related consequences. B. Do you agree?  Is it interesting from other angles as well? I find this is interesting because, it offers insight into how each sex  can weigh benefits and costs of certain sexual behaviors (ie. Male  harassment and inter female aggression), to further increase their  own fitness relative to the other. C. Should the authors have also asked other questions? ????? III. Methods. A.   Did the authors tell you everything you needed to know to repeat their  study? The researchers included everything needed to repeat their study  except the method of collecting the fish, randomization procedure for wading  pool assignments, and composition of the individual tanks for pool  observations. Good observation. B.  Study species, study site, collection sites, and experimental lab locations  and facilities.   a. Did the authors choose the best study species for their work?  Did  authors do their work in the best places? The study species they chose was a good one because of the 
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