Why alpha males don't always get the ladies

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Zoologist Dr Joanna Bagniewska, FameLab finalist in 2014, explains why alpha males don't always succeed in the animal kingdom in the way we might expect.

FameLab is an international science communication competition by Cheltenham Science Festivals and the British Council.

Dr Bagniewska is a teaching fellow at the University of Reading and won the International Alumni Award at the FameLab final in 2014.

Read more about how to become a science communicator and take part in FameLab 2017 here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/public-engagement/famelab/participate-famelab

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Photo Statue of David © Dennis Hill, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/fontplaydotcom/6122821414
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Photo ‘chasing gorilla’ © Matthew Hoelscher., licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/tiswango/459292254
Video of red deer stag ©Berrea 2013, licenced under CC BY 3.0 and adapted from the original https://vimeo.com/75609362
Photo iguana © Joanna Bagniewska, adapted from the original and used with permission
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Photo ‘unimpressive gorilla’ © Adrian Scottow, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/100915417
Photo of ‘love-struck’ gorilla © Rod Waddington, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/rod_waddington/15135296098
Photo red deer stags © Hammerchewer, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/jellybeanzgallery/15125138847
Photo of female red deer stag (1) © Neil Barnwell, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/shipcreak/8703305702
Photo of female red deer stag (2) © Nakae, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/nakae/129303457
Photo of ‘unimpressive’ stag © Adrian Scottow, licenced under CC BY 2.0 and adapted from the original https://www.flickr.com/photos/chodhound/5794321313
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