Human pair-bonds: evolutionary functions, ecological variation, and adaptive development

Evolutionary Anthropology Vol/Iss. 17 Published In Pages: 227-238
By Quinlan, Robert J.


Possible explanations for human pair-bonding are discussed: provisioning, breastfeeding, alloparenting, subsistence complementarity, and mating competition, male aggression, men’s show-off work, socioecological variation, and child development are all considered. The author does not conduct empirical analyses, but reviews primate comparisons, earlier cross-cultural analyses, and ethnographic case studies.

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