31 May 2016


The questions of why most humans choose to be monogamous has puzzled generations of anthropologists. The majority of animal species are, after all, naturally promiscuous. The answer may lie in the threat of sexually transmitted diseases, which were rather widespread in many prehistoric societies, resulting in plummeting reproduction rates that convinced our forebears that mating for life was the healthiest way to proceed. Many communities probably made the switch to socially imposed monogamy when they developed the agricultural techniques that allowed for the establishment larger towns and cities.


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