2002 September 24 Tuesday
Female Monogamy Rare Among Species

Many species previously thought to be monogamous are no longer believed to be:

Indeed, said Tim Birkhead, a professor of behavioral ecology at the University of Sheffield in England, the most striking result of these studies has been "the near elimination of the idea of male and female sexual monogamy.

"From organisms as different as snails, honey bees, mites, spiders, fish, frogs, lizards, snakes, birds and mammals, research has verified behavioral observations of females' polyandry by showing that multiple paternity is widespread."

In other words, said Birkhead in his book "Promiscuity," "Females of most species ... routinely copulate with different males."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 September 24 10:33 AM  Human Nature Mating


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