Sexual Selection and the Origins of Human Mating Systems

Paperback | June 15, 2009

byAlan F. Dixson

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Comparative analyses of the anatomy, reproductive physiology, and behaviour of extant primates and other mammals can offer important insights into the origins of human sexual behaviour, allowing us to reconstruct the origins of human mating systems, the evolution of sexual attractiveness,patterns of mate choice, and copulatory behaviour. Sexual Selection and the Origins of Human Mating Systems provides a modern synthesis of research on the evolution of human mating systems, bringing together work on reproductive physiology, behavioural biology, anthropology, primatology, palaeontology, evolutionary psychology, and sexologicalresearch. The approach taken is genuinely cross-disciplinary in scope, and provides a fascinating account of the effects of sexual selection upon human evolution in the light of the latest advances in the field.

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Comparative analyses of the anatomy, reproductive physiology, and behaviour of extant primates and other mammals can offer important insights into the origins of human sexual behaviour, allowing us to reconstruct the origins of human mating systems, the evolution of sexual attractiveness,patterns of mate choice, and copulatory behaviou...

Alan Dixson was educated in England at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained a BSc in Zoology (1970) and at the University of Birmingham Medical School, where he was awarded a PhD (1973) and a DSc in Biological Sciences (1993). His research has involved comparative studies of reproductive biology and the evolution of sexuali...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559430

ISBN - 13:9780199559435

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Preface1. A Glance at the Terrain2. Making Holes in the Dark3. Masculine Dimensions4. Cryptic Female Choices5. Copulatory Patterns6. The Oestrus That Never Was7. Sexual Dimorphism: Opposites Attract8. Adam's Apple9. The Road to TruthReferencesIndex