Successful hunting increases testosterone and cortisol in a subsistence population.

  title={Successful hunting increases testosterone and cortisol in a subsistence population.},
  author={Benjamin C Trumble and Eric A. Smith and Kathleen A O'connor and Hillard S. Kaplan and Michael Gurven},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={281 1776},
Controversy over the adaptive significance of male hunting in subsistence societies hinges on the relative importance of familial provisioning and mate-quality signalling. This paper examines the proximate and ultimate motivations of hunting behaviour from a neuroendocrine perspective, using salivary testosterone and cortisol data collected before, during and after hunting focal follows from 31 Tsimane hunters aged 18-82 years. Despite circadian declines in hormone levels, testosterone and… CONTINUE READING
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