Sexual selection under parental choice: the role of parents in the evolution of human mating

  title={Sexual selection under parental choice: the role of parents in the evolution of human mating},
  author={Menelaos Apostolou},
  journal={Evolution and Human Behavior},
Sexual Selection under Parental Choice: Evidence from Sixteen Historical Societies
  • Menelaos Apostolou
  • Psychology
    Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
  • 2012
Evidence from the historical record is presented which indicates that parental choice was also dominant during the later stages of human evolution.
Conflicting interests over mating induce parents to control the mating decisions of their children. Females, being the scarce reproductive resource, are controlled more than males, and male parents
Parent-Offspring Conflict over Mating and the Evolution of Mating-Control Institutions
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Sexual Selection Under Parental Choice Across Societies and Across Time
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Parent-Offspring Conflict over Mating: The Case of Beauty
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Choosy But Not Chaste: Multiple Mating in Human Females
  • B. Scelza
  • Biology, Psychology
    Evolutionary anthropology
  • 2013
In brief, this work is best known for illuminating the typically male strategy of intrasexual competition and the typically female response of intersexual choice.
Parent-Offspring Conflict over Mating: The Case of Family Background
In human societies the choice of a spouse is the outcome of individual mating choice and parental influence over mating. However, parents and offspring do not share identical interests with respect
Inheritance as an instrument of parental control over mating
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Bridewealth as an instrument of male parental control over mating: Evidence from the standard cross-cultural sample
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