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Marriage Systems and Pathogen Stress in Human Societies
Pathogen stress is an important form of environmental extremeness and uncertainty for humans as well as other organisms. It is predicted to: fl] increase the degree of polygyny (as fewer males becomeExpand
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Cortisol levels and very early pregnancy loss in humans.
Maternal stress is commonly cited as an important risk factor for spontaneous abortion. For humans, however, there is little physiological evidence linking miscarriage to stress. This lack ofExpand
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Influences on Women's Reproductive Lives
Modern women's reproductive lives vary considerably, in a patterned fashion. Although cultural factors are important, across societies—even across species— there exist strong patterns predicted byExpand
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The role of future unpredictability in human risk-taking
Models of risk-taking as used in the social sciences may be improved by including concepts from life history theory, particularly environmental unpredictability and life expectancy. Community collegeExpand
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Environmental Uncertainty and the Parental Strategies of Marsupials and Placentals
  • B. S. Low
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • 1 January 1978
Reproductive effort, defined as the cost in energy spent and risks taken in reproduction, has two components: parental effort and mating effort. Environmental uncertainties influencing juvenileExpand
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Cross-cultural patterns in the training of children: an evolutionary perspective.
  • B. S. Low
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of comparative psychology
  • 1989
Analyzed cross-cultural child inculcation data from Barry, Josephson, Lauer, & Marshall (1976) by testing a hypothesis derived from natural selection theory: The ways in which boys are trained (vs.Expand
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Women's lives there, here, then, now: a review of women's ecological and demographic constraints cross-culturally
Abstract Around the world and across time, women's lives and opportunities vary—but this is patterned variation, produced by the interplay of natural selection (life history theory) and ecologicalExpand
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Do Increasing Cormorant Populations Threaten Sportfishes in the Great Lakes? A Case Study in Lake Huron
ABSTRACT After near extirpation earlier this century in the Great Lakes, double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) populations reached all-time highs, raising concerns among sport anglers andExpand
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Reproductive life in nineteenth century Sweden: An evolutionary perspective on demographic phenomena
This study between 1824-96 of individual and family fertility mortality and male/female differences in lifetime reproductive patterns is examined for 191 male founders married between 1824-40 in 7Expand
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