My answer to Are homo-sapiens naturally monogamous or polygamous?
Answer by Viktor Leberecht:
To my knowledge genetic research shows that humans were polygamous in their beginnings and started becoming monogamous only relatively recently – a few thousand years ago – in their history.
The reasons for this change are a topic of hot debate which is very often influenced by the interest to prove the ideologies of a group or a religion (no offence meant to members of any group or religion).
It seems that being true to one partner and serial monogamy are relatively new solutions to partnership and upbringing of children in complex societies. And the question of the debate today is if they are the only possible solution.
At the moment i can only point you to links to articles in german on my website but as i progress in building my website in the future i will add links to articles in english:; Not to forget the book Sex at Dawn, which can be found on it´s own website: http://sexatdawn.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/s
exatdawn and http://twitter.com/#!/Sex atDawn.
Update 2016: New book by David Barash once more sums up scientific findings: we are promiscuous and polygamous by nature. Shrot summary and links to more articles here:
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