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Fighting Behavior of Muntjac and the Evolution of Antlers

Cyrille Barrette
Evolution
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Mar., 1977), pp. 169-176
DOI: 10.2307/2407555
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2407555
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Fighting Behavior of Muntjac and the Evolution of Antlers
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Abstract

The intraspecific combat behavior of male muntjacs is described. Their antlers are found to be an essential instrument allowing tusk blows to be delivered during serious fights. A knowledge of the fighting behavior of muntjacs improves our understanding of the evolution of the aggressive behavior of male cervids and therefore of the origin and evolution of antlers.

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