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Low fluctuating asymmetry (FA) and short-term benefits in fertility?

John T. Manning a1 and Alex R. Gage a1
a1 Population and Evolutionary Biology Research Group, School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 38X, United Kingdom


Preference for partners with low fluctuating asymmetry (FA) may produce “good gene” benefits. However, Gangestad & Simpson's analysis does not exclude immediate benefits of fertility. Low FA is related to fertility in men and women. Short-term changes in FA are correlated with fertility in women. It is not known whether temporal fluctuations in the FA of men are related to short-term fertility status.