The evolution of human mating: trade-offs and strategic pluralism.

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Gangestad, S W; Simpson, J A
Year of Publication: 2000
Journal: Behav Brain Sci
Volume: 23
Issue: 4
Pagination: 573-87; discussion 587-644
Date Published: 08/2000
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 0140-525X
Keywords: Choice Behavior, Cues, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Sexual Behavior, Smell

During human evolutionary history, there were "trade-offs" between expending time and energy on child-rearing and mating, so both men and women evolved conditional mating strategies guided by cues signaling the circumstances. Many short-term matings might be successful for some men; others might try to find and keep a single mate, investing their effort in rearing her offspring. Recent evidence suggests that men with features signaling genetic benefits to offspring should be preferred by women as short-term mates, but there are trade-offs between a mate's genetic fitness and his willingness to help in child-rearing. It is these circumstances and the cues that signal them that underlie the variation in short- and long-term mating strategies between and within the sexes.

Alternate Journal: Behav Brain Sci
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