At first, the idea that animals mated without specific mate selection held sway. However, it is now believed that random mating is not recognized as a true theory.

RANDOM MATING: "The theory of random mating has lost much of its backing in the last few years."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "RANDOM MATING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/random-mating/ (accessed May 13, 2021).