Bryant (
8 Jul 1995 17:50:38 -0600

In article <>, <> wrote:
>NE>: > While the legal institution of marriage is obviously a social
>NE>: > construction, the human pair bond is not.
>This is an interesting assertion, but I have never seen any proof if it;
>does anyone know of research to that effect? On the contrary, it has
>been my observation that the human pair bond is transitory at best and

Does the transitory nature of human pair bonds negate their evolved
utility? Do polygynous men cycle as quickly through mates as
"monogamous" men?

In a non-polygynous society, the most adaptive approach (for men) would
seem to be short-term pair bonds, each lasting long enough for offspring to
survive the early years of childhood.