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


"As pathogen severity increases, so should permanenent marking of body areas that are attended to for evaluating attractiveness and mate quality" (403).


Female stomach scarification was the only type of scarification significantly related to pathogen prevalence independent of other environmental variables (p<.05).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
logistic regressionPartially supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN