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Comment by Michael Penn on September 20, 2013 at 6:22am

Hey, jay H. Your comments about chimpanzee males possibly being killed wanting to merge with another troop, but females moving freely between troops is right on. Sometimes it's that way also in human society.

Comment by jay H on September 17, 2013 at 3:26pm

Another point in the article that suggests evolutionary precedent is the concept of 'coverture' where a woman is merged into the husband's family. We can look at our closest relatives.

Chimpanzee males stay with the troop they were born into (in fact they might be killed trying to connect with another troop). Females, by contrast can freely move between troops, and essentially become part of the troop where they mate.

Comment by jay H on September 17, 2013 at 1:43pm

That was a good article because, in part, it was not written from an ideological perspective (as these often are)

I might also comment that the polygamous male, compound family model is not unlike the mating styles of quite a few mammals. Some of marriage characteristics probably stretch back in evolutionary, not just historic,  time scales.



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