Evolutionary History of Hunter-Gatherer Marriage Practices

  title={Evolutionary History of Hunter-Gatherer Marriage Practices},
  author={Robert S. Walker and Kim R. Hill and Mark V Flinn and Ryan M. Ellsworth},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Background The universality of marriage in human societies around the world suggests a deep evolutionary history of institutionalized pair-bonding that stems back at least to early modern humans. However, marriage practices vary considerably from culture to culture, ranging from strict prescriptions and arranged marriages in some societies to mostly unregulated courtship in others, presence to absence of brideservice and brideprice, and polyandrous to polygynous unions. The ancestral state of… 

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