Sexual selection under parental choice: the role of parents in the evolution of human mating

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 28 Published In Pages: 403-409
By Apostolou, Menelaos


This study reveals that in hunting and gathering societies thought to be akin to those of our ancestors, female choice is constained by the control that parents exercise over their daughters. Since parental control is the typical pattern of mate choice among extant foragers, it is likely that this pattern was also prevalent throughout human evolution.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Atlas of World Cultures (AWC)Researchers OwnMurdock 1981, Price 1989
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Researchers OwnHunter-gathers only

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