Matrilineal inheritance: new theory and analysis

The Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol/Iss. 8 Published In Pages: 661-688
By Hartung, John


This article provides a new explanation of matrilineal inheritence and paternity certainty, suggesting that matrilineal inheritance is most advantageous for women and can be described as a grandmaternal strategy. Results suggest a strong relationship between matrilineal inheritance and moderate to low probability of paternity, and an even stronger relationship between patrilineal inheritance and high probability of paternity.

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