Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Provisioning Monogamist Hypothesis

Argument by Isaac, Lovejoy and others that early hominids improved reproductive success by increasing both survivorship and birth rate, and that this was possible through the development (or evolution) of intense parenting, a sexual division of labor, monogamy, and the sequestration of ovulation; these elements led to male provisioning of females and their offspring. The hypothesis has met with intense resistance and criticized as an unrealistic androcentric model.

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