padThe Myth of Monogamy Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People

by David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton

According to this married couple, not only is monogamy uncommon, but it is also unnatural. In their provocative exposť, Barash and Lipton document birdsí and other animalsí mating strategies that reveal a biological proclivity for multiple sex partners. DNA fingerprinting technology has enabled biologists to test the paternity of selected offspring and uncover a few surprises. Unquestionable evidence of extramural copulation among animals long believed to be monogamous has undermined belief in monogamy in general. Male and female animals, and by extension people, have their reasons for cheating: to ensure procreation, obtain high-quality genes for successive generations, or acquire some material good for oneself. So, why does monogamy occur at all? The authors explore this titillating question and much more.

W H Freeman, 2001, 227 p., hardcover

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