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As a result, sexual selection pressures are believed to have operated more strongly on male intrasexual competitive abilities and male intersexual attraction cues than vice versa (see Cronin, 1991; Trivers, 1972). Evidence supporting these predictions has been marshaled for many species (for reviews, see Andersson, 1994; Trivers, 1985). Theories of intersexual signaling have focused on two clusters of attributes: (a) signals conveying qualities of a good parent (or a “good provider”); and (b) signals that honestly advertise “good genes” (Cronin, 1991; Gangestad, 1993).
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Infants are also highly attentive to features of human faces (Johnson, Dziurawiec, Ellis, & Morton, 1991), and to the sounds of human phonemes (Pinker, 1994). But although the blank slate doesn’t work as a metaphor, neither does the prepainted canvas. A better metaphor is that of a coloring book. It has been three decades since Seligman and Hager (1972) brought together an impressive selection of papers on what they called Biological Boundaries on Learning. The point of that body of work was not to say that animals come pre-equipped with answers, but with a strong inclination to follow clues of the particular sort that would have solved the particular problems their ancestors were likely to EVOLUTIONARY COGNITIVE SCIENCE 23 confront.
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