Evolutionary Biology and Human Paternal Behavior: Comment on Silverstein (1993)

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Abstract

L. B. Silverstein (1993) makes excellent use of recent data on nonhuman primate behavior to argue for the complexity of interaction between biological and environmental variables in the ontogeny of male parental behavior. She has read the current discourse in primate evolutionary studies with a careful and sophisticated eye for the evidence emerging from primate field studies over the last decade of great plasticity in primate behavior. Yet, as a biosocial anthropologist, fundamental questions remain for me about how useful such data about parenting behavior in monkeys and apes are to discussions of the complex cultural, historical, and socioeconomic variables that underlie variations in human male parenting.

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