Re: Social evolution of hominids

Susan S. Chin (
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 03:35:52 GMT

: (Susan S. Chin) wrote:
: >Evolutionarily speaking, there's not a great incentive for males of the
: >species to mate with only one female for life.

Paul Crowley ( wrote:
: IIf that's the best way to ensure that your progeny grow up
: to be physically strong and of high status (thereby ensuring
: a high probability of further reproductive success) then,
: evolutionarily speaking, it will be the best possible
: incentive.

It's the solution that many human societies have developed as part of its
social structure, which makes monogamy for males a compromise of sorts...
But a very necessary one as you pointed out.