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Evolution of monogamous marriage by maximization of inclusive fitness

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The majority of human societies allow polygynous marriage, and the prevalence of this practice is readily understood in evolutionary terms. Why some societies prescribe monogamous marriage is however not clear: current evolutionary explanations—that social monogamy increases within‐group co‐operation, giving societies an advantage in competition with other groups—conflict with the historical and ethnographic evidence. We show that, within the framework of inclusive fitness theory, monogamous ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Evolutionary Biology Journal website
Volume:
23
Issue:
1
Pages:
149-156
Publication date:
2010-01-12
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EISSN:
1420-9101
ISSN:
1010-061X
URN:
uuid:c0511f22-bca2-4faa-bc18-81e21e855a0b
Source identifiers:
209595
Local pid:
pubs:209595

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