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Men are less promiscuous when women are scarce

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I didn't realize Darwin studied this.

‘When the pool of males is large, finding a female partner can be difficult such that existing partners become a valued resource’ say the team. Men attempt to attract and maintain a relationship with a partner because, when females are rare, it is costly to lose a partner.

‘Darwin made a famous distinction between men’s and women’s mating strategies, between choosy, coy females and ardent, promiscuous males’, say the authors. They add that the results of their study challenge these persistent views on sexual behaviour.

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