Males die early for female attention

Male houbura bustards that are particularly exuberant in their attempts to attract female attention have been found to die earlier than their less-exuberant brethren.

This phenomenon is evident across the animal kingdom but new research suggests that premature expiration might be a biologically-unavoidable cost of impressing the ladies.

Natural selection appears to favour short-term reproductive benefits over longer life.

Read more at University of Burgundy