Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Human mating models can benefit from comparative primatology and careful methodology

Agustin Fuentes a1
a1 Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544


Conditional mating strategies and within-sex variation in mating patterns occur across a wide range of primate taxa. Attempts to model the evolution of human mating strategies should incorporate current primatological data sets and phylogenetic perspectives. However, comparisons between interview and questionnaire-based human behavioral data and observationally and experimental generated nonhuman behavioral data should be conducted with prudence.