Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Polygyny

Common type of primate mating system in which there are two or more reproductively active mates (usually females) acquired by a single reproductively active male during the breeding season; a form of polygamy; polygynous. In humans, the females usually cooperate in the raising of offspring.

See one-male unit.

Cf. polyandry.

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