Female status, food security, and stature sexual dimorphism: Testing mate choice as a mechanism in human self-domestication

American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol/Iss. 167 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Published In Pages: 458-469
By Gleeson, Ben Thomas, Kushnick, Geoff


In societies where females have the social status to exercise mate choice, there will be lower stature sexual dimorphism (SSD), but only if there is high food security.


Food security is a mediating variable. When females have high social status, there is lower stature sexual stature than when female status is low. The results are stronger when there is food security.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multiple Linear RegressionSupportedp < .002R squared = .54UNKNOWN