Alan Dixson

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Research Interests

The Evolution of Mammalian Reproduction:

Studies of sexual selection continue to provide novel insights into the evolution of sexual dimorphism and secondary sexual traits, as well as reproductive anatomy, physiology and behaviour. Comparative studies of the non-human primates, and other mammals, are also valuable in helping us to understand the evolution of human morphology and sexuality.

The absence of a fossil record of sexual behaviour is thus not a cause for despair: a huge amount remains to be learned by conducting comparative studies of extant mammalian species. A multidisciplinary approach is required, making use of knowledge from across the biological sciences, and a willingness to explore reproduction at all levels, from molecular biology and gamete biology to work on whole organisms, and mating systems

Details of my most recent book, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, and dealing with sexual selection in the mandrill, are available via the following link:

Selected Publications

PDF versions of many of my publications may be downloaded by visiting the ResearchGate website.

the mandrill

Dixson, A.F. (2015). The Mandrill: A Case of Extreme Sexual Selection. Cambridge University Press, UK.

mandrill 2

Dixson, A.F. (2012). Primate Sexuality: Comparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes and Human Beings. Second edition. Oxford University Press, UK.

mandrill 3

Dixson, A.F. (2009). Sexual Selection and the Origins of Human Mating Systems. Oxford University Press, UK.


Martin, R. D., Dixson, A.F., and Wickings, E.J. (1992). (editors). Paternity in Primates, Genetic Tests and Theories. Karger, Basel.


Dixson, A. F. (1981). The Natural History of the Gorilla. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, and Columbia University Press, USA.