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By John Maynard-Smith

Why are animal signs trustworthy? this is often the imperative challenge for evolutionary biologists drawn to indications. after all, now not all signs are trustworthy; yet such a lot are, another way receivers of signs could forget about them. a few theoretical solutions were proposed and empirical stories made, yet there nonetheless continues to be a large amount of confusion. The authors, one a theoretician the opposite a fieldworker, introduce a feeling of order to this chaos. an important explanation for confusion has been the tendency for various researchers to exploit both an analogous time period with varied meanings, or diverse phrases with an identical which means. The authors try and make clear those variations. A moment reason behind confusion has arisen simply because many biologists proceed to imagine that there's just one right cause of sign reliability. The authors argue that the reliability of signs is maintained in different methods, correct in numerous conditions, and that biologists needs to discover ways to distinguish among them. during this publication they clarify different theories, provide examples of signalling structures to which one or one other concept applies, and aspect to the various parts the place extra paintings, either theoretical and empirical, is required.

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