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The evolution of human sexuality.
The study of human sexuality from the darwinian perspective is in an explosive phase, and recent research reveals that the sexual selection that designed human secondary sexual traits was functional rather than strictly fisherian. Expand
Human (Homo sapiens) facial attractiveness and sexual selection: the role of symmetry and averageness.
This is the first study to show that facial symmetry has a positive influence on facial attractiveness ratings, with the exception of the hypothesized effects of averageness of female and male faces on attractiveness ratings. Expand
Facial attractiveness
This review examines the three major lines of research that have been pursued in order to answer the question of whether attractiveness reflects non-obvious indicators of phenotypic condition and examines studies that have examined facial symmetry, averageness, and secondary sex characteristics as hormone markers. Expand
Pathogen prevalence predicts human cross-cultural variability in individualism/collectivism
The results support the hypothesis that collectivism (compared with individualism) will more often characterize cultures in regions that have historically had higher prevalence of pathogens, and reveal previously undocumented consequences of pathogenic diseases on the variable nature of human societies. Expand
Parasite-stress promotes in-group assortative sociality: The cases of strong family ties and heightened religiosity
It was found for both the international and the interstate analyses that in-group assortative sociality was positively associated with parasite-stress, and this was true when controlling for potentially confounding factors such as human freedom and economic development. Expand
A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion
In this controversial book, Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer use evolutionary biology to explain the causes of rape and to recommend new approaches to its prevention. According to Thornhill andExpand
Facial sexual dimorphism, developmental stability, and susceptibility to disease in men and women
Abstract We investigated aspects of self-reported health history–the number and duration of respiratory and stomach or intestinal infections and the number of uses of antibiotics over the last 3Expand
Changes in women's sexual interests and their partner's mate–retention tactics across the menstrual cycle: evidence for shifting conflicts of interest
Results showed that women reported greater sexual interest in, and fantasy about, non–primary partners near ovulation than during the luteal phase; but women did not report significantly greater sexualinterest in, or fantasies about, primary partners close to ovulation. Expand
Facial attractiveness, symmetry and cues of good genes
Using photographs of men's faces, a relationship between women's attractiveness ratings of these faces and symmetry is found, but the subjects could not rate facial symmetry accurately, suggesting that attractive features other than symmetry can be used to assess phenotypic condition. Expand