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Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Reproductive Behaviour

Series: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume: 907

Edited By: Dori LeCroy and Peter Moller

233 pages, Figs, tabs

New York Academy of Sciences

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #108769 | ISBN: 1573312533
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A central aspect of human adaptation - reproductive behaviour - is studied through the multiple lenses of philosophy, biology, psychology and anthropology, all united by an evolutionary perspective. Although reproduction is an intrinsic mechanism of evolution, this colloquium shows that reproductive behaviours yield new significance for evolution theory when re-examined in a multidisciplinary setting. This volume focuses on explication of the adaptive, evolved nature of our own reproduction with topics such as how mate choice shaped human nature; symmetry in mate selection; the evolution of moral dispositions; and the sexist order of the bonobos. This look at reproduction as a mechanism of human evolution reveals underlying physiologic mechanisms, as well as comparative and interesting cross-cultural aspects that emerge from social sciences and anthropology.


Relative merits of defining mechanisms and measuring fertility in the current environments available for the study of human adaptation; sex differences in mate selection and retention; the role of mage scent in female mate choice; the employment of different criteria for the identification of evolved mechanisms mediating sexual selection from those used for identification of survival and social functions; nature and origins of human sexuality and social organization - cross-cultural and comparative considerations; evolutionary perspective applied to moral behaviour; evolution of deception and self-deception; genomic imprinting and intragenomic conflict; extraterrestrial sex and intelligence. (Part contents).

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