Promiscuity in an evolved pair-bonding system: Mating within and outside the Pleistocene box
Lynn Carol Miller a1, William C. Pedersen a2andAnila Putcha-Bhagavatula a3 a1 Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281
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Across mammals, when fathers matter, as they did for hunter-gatherers, sex-similar pair-bonding mechanisms evolve. Attachment fertility theory can explain Schmitt's and other findings as resulting from a system of mechanisms affording pair-bonding in which promiscuous seeking is part. Departures from hunter-gatherer environments (e.g., early menarche, delayed marriage) can alter dating trajectories, thereby impacting mating outside of pair-bonds.