Measures of Polygyny in Humans

  title={Measures of Polygyny in Humans},
  author={Bobbi S. Low},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={189 - 194}
  • B. Low
  • Published 1 February 1988
  • Psychology
  • Current Anthropology
Polygyny, a social institution with great biological impact, is of interest to both anthropologists and biologists. Biologists (e.g., Krebs and Davies i984) often define polygyny as a situation in which a male mates with several females while females mate with only one male. Anthropologists (e.g., Kottak I978) typically define it as a marital relationship involving multiple wives. Both anthropologists and biologists have recently become interested in sexual selection and the ecological and… Expand
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