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ERIC Number: EJ859930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 246
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Beyond the Pleistocene: Using Phylogeny and Constraint to Inform the Evolutionary Psychology of Human Mating
Eastwick, Paul W.
Psychological Bulletin, v135 n5 p794-821 Sep 2009
Evolutionary psychologists explore the adaptive function of traits and behaviors that characterize modern Homo sapiens. However, evolutionary psychologists have yet to incorporate the phylogenetic relationship between modern Homo sapiens and humans' hominid and pongid relatives (both living and extinct) into their theorizing. By considering the specific timing of evolutionary events and the role of evolutionary constraint, researchers using the phylogenetic approach can generate new predictions regarding mating phenomena and derive new explanations for existing evolutionary psychological findings. Especially useful is the concept of the "adaptive workaround"--an adaptation that manages the maladaptive elements of a pre-existing evolutionary constraint. The current review organizes 7 features of human mating into their phylogenetic context and presents evidence that 2 adaptive workarounds played a critical role as Homo sapiens's mating psychology evolved. These adaptive workarounds function in part to mute or refocus the effects of older, previously evolved adaptations and highlight the layered nature of humans' mating psychology. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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