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1. A physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with an individuals normal functioning.

2. Reduction in a persons capacity to fulfill a social role as a consequence of an impairment, inadequate training for the role, or other circumstances.

See: disability.

3. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like.

4. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.

Origin: From hand in cap; perh. In reference to an old mode of setting a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.

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animal behavior

... father is.' etc. And then they usually end up coming to blows, and will often fight to the death. Sometimes a well defined language can be a real handicap.

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by animartco
Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: animal behavior
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A question about sexual selection!

The two thoeries mentioned, Fisher's runaway and fitness indicator /handicap. Attempt to explain extreme sexual displays in two entirely different ways. Fisher sees these displays as deriving from some preexisting preference in the females that the males adapt ...

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Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: A question about sexual selection!
Replies: 4
Views: 8352

Re: Sexual Selection

... over these frogs carnal activities is understandable. They don't fit with some current interpretations of sexual selection. Fitness indicators/ handicap theory don't have anything to say about these frogs. Handicap theory states that females benifit by selecting males that display in such a ...

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Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:05 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Sexual Selection
Replies: 6
Views: 9046

Re: Experimental evidence for evolution

... the sea snakes are a more advanced form of snake, for only in aquatic animals does leglessness confer an advantage -- or at least, it does not handicap the animal. . . You will notice that my question is a direct lift from Ellisin’s book. So it is Ellisin who does not see the advantage of loss ...

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by jevg
Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Experimental evidence for evolution
Replies: 103
Views: 194790

Handicap Theory and Defense Reactions

They might handicap the individuals, but that's not what the theory is about. There, your looking for "bonus" features that confer no survival advantage and are in fact handicaps. The owners are advertising that even ...

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by Darby
Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Handicap Theory and Defense Reactions
Replies: 1
Views: 2707
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