a1 Human Evolutionary Ecology Group, Department of Anthropology, University College London, London WC1H 0BW, United Kingdom. [email protected] [email protected] http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucsatec http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/staff/r_mace http://www.ucl.ac.uk/heeg
Re-analysis of the data provided in the target article reveals a lack of evidence for a strong, universal relationship between parasite stress and the variables relating to sociality. Furthermore, even if associations between these variables do exist, the analyses presented here do not provide evidence for Fincher & Thornhill's (F&T's) proposed causal mechanism.
(Online publication January 31 2012)