Sexual dimorphisms and breeding systems in pinnipeds, ungulates, primates, and humans

Evolutionary Biology and Human Social Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective Duxbury Press North Scituate, Massachussetts Published In Pages: 402-435
By Alexander, Richard D., Hoogland, John L., Howard, Richard D., Noonan, Katharine M., Sherman, Paul W.


The degree of sexual dimorphism of stature will be associated with the degree of polygyny in human societies (434).


Societies with socially imposed monogamy appear to be more sexually dimorphic than societies with ecologically imposed monogamy. Other relationships are also examined.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
CorrelationNot SupportedNot SignificantUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Degree Of PolygynyIndependentPolygamy
Sexual Dimorphism Of StatureDependentAnthropometry