Sex differences in the anatomical locations of human body scarification and tattooing as a function of pathogen prevalence

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 18 Published In Pages: 403-416
By Singh, Devendra, Bronstad, P. Matthew


This study examines the relationship between body scarification and pathogen prevalence. Authors hypothesize that risk of serious pathogens will be related to scarification on areas of the body that are associated with physical attractiveness and fertility. Results show that only female stomach scarification is significantly related to pathogen prevalence.

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