The evolution of human sexuality.
The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems
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.
Pathogen prevalence predicts human cross-cultural variability in individualism/collectivism
- C. L. Fincher, R. Thornhill, Damian R. Murray, M. Schaller
- PsychologyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 June 2008
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.
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.
Facial sexual dimorphism, developmental stability, and susceptibility to disease in men and women
A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion
Thornhill and Palmer address, and claim to demolish scientifically, many myths about rape bred by social science theory over the past twenty-five years and recommend that young women consider the biological causes of rape when making decisions about dress, appearance, and social activities.
Fluctuating asymmetry and sexual selection.
Major histocompatibility complex genes, symmetry, and body scent attractiveness in men and women
- R. Thornhill, S. Gangestad, Robert D. Miller, G. Scheyd, Julie K. McCollough, Melissa Franklin
- 1 September 2003
The results indicate that the two olfactory systems are independent and men, but not women, showed a preference for t-shirts with the scent of MHC dissimilarity, while women's scent ratings of t- shirts were uncorrelated with the wearer's MHC Dissimilarity and allele frequency, but positively correlated with the wears' MHC heterozygosity.