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Re-Evaluating Primate Monogamy

Agustin Fuentes
American Anthropologist
Vol. 100, No. 4 (Dec., 1998), pp. 890-907
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/681815
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Researchers propose hypotheses for the occurrence of monogamy as a social system in primates based on the assumption that there are a group of primates, including humans, which live exclusively in "nuclear families" and share a similar set of social behaviors. Examining the primates purported to be "monogamous" reveals that they cover a wide range of grouping types, mating patterns, taxonomic groups, and evolutionary grades. While there are a few primate species that do live in small, two-adult groups and share a similar set of social behaviors, the vast majority of the supposed "monogamous" primates, including humans, do not.

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