Bateman (1948): was it all wrong? A comment on Hoquet (2020)

Juliano Morimoto*

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In a recent paper, Hoquet (2020) provided an insightful historical view of the debate in evolutionary biology concerning Bateman's principles. The author discusses in detail the dynamics underpinning the ‘rise and fall’ of Bateman's principles within the framework of paradigm shifts and scientific revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (Kuhn, 1962).

While I thoroughly enjoyed the reading, there are few claims made by the author that, in my opinion, provided only partial accounts of the broader (scientific) literature around Bateman's principles. In doing so, I fear that the author imposes an overly negative impression of the usefulness of Bateman's principles in science, thereby obscuring their true value to the field of evolutionary biology. This negative view can ultimately hinder – rather than stimulate – future advances in evolutionary biology and ecology above and beyond the philosophical entertainment that Bateman's principles may provide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e4
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Early online date10 Sep 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020


  • Bateman's principles
  • mating systems
  • natural selection
  • sexual selection


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