Evolutionary ecology of human pair-bonds: cross-cultural tests of alternative hypotheses

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 41 Published In Pages: 149-169
By Quinlan, Robert J., Quinlan, Marsha B.


This study tests three hypotheses on the evolution of the human pair-bond: male-provisioning, male mating competition, and the defense of offspring from other males. Findings indicate that male provisioning and mating competition are factors in the development of the pair-bond. Additional findings indicate that alloparentling, polygyny, and equal contribution to subsistence by each sex contribute to the security of the pair-bond.

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