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Who dares, wins: heroism versus altruism in women's mate choice

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Heroism is apparently nonadaptive in Darwinian terms, so why does it exist at all? Risk-taking and heroic behavior are predominantly male tendencies, and literature and legend reflect this. This study explores the possibility that heroism persists in many human cultures owing to a female preference for risk-prone rather than risk-averse males as sexual partners, and it suggests that such a preference may be exploited as a male mating strategy. It also attempts to quantify the relative influen...

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10.1007/s12110-001-1018-6

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University of Liverpool
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University of Liverpool
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Walter de Gruyter, Inc., New York
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Volume:
12
Issue:
2
Pages:
89-105
Publication date:
2001-06-01
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1936-4776
ISSN:
1045-6767
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English
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2010-12-08

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