ANTH 216 ANTH216 Problem Set 8 Solution (Penn State University)

ANTH 216 ANTH216 Problem Set 8 Solution (Penn State University)

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ANTH 216 Problem Set 8 Solution (Penn State University)

1. According to Cashdan, women want three attributes in a mate: good condition, resources, and status.  Give the evolutionary logic that explains each of these preferences.

2. Female-female competition is more prominent in our species than it is in our close relatives among the apes.

3. Just as women may confront evolutionary conflicts of interest with each other, their reproductive strategies may conflict with those men.

4. “Romantic love” could be viewed as an alternative to evolutionary explanations of mating preferences.  In other words, we don’t cynically seek out partners with good genes or good earning potential; we just “fall in love.”


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