Evolution and proximate expression of human paternal investment.

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Geary, D C
Year of Publication: 2000
Journal: Psychol Bull
Volume: 126
Issue: 1
Pagination: 55-77
Date Published: 2000 Jan
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 0033-2909
Keywords: Adult, Animals, Biological Evolution, Child, Cross-cultural comparison, Developing Countries, Europe, Father-Child Relations, Fathers, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant Mortality, Male, Mothers, Parenting, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, United States

In more than 95% of mammalian species, males provide little direct investment in the well-being of their offspring. Humans are one notable exception to this pattern and, to date, the factors that contributed to the evolution and the proximate expression of human paternal care are unexplained (T. H. Clutton-Brock, 1989). The nature, extent, and influence of human paternal investment on the physical and social well-being of children are reviewed in light of the social and ecological factors that are associated with paternal investment in other species. On the basis of this review, discussion of the evolution and proximate expression of human paternal investment is provided.

Alternate Journal: Psychol Bull
Related MOCA Topics: