Are homo-sapiens naturally monogamous or polygamous?

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: Links, Books, Articles – Lists about Polygamy; Not to forget the book  Sex at Dawn, which can be found on it´s own website: and and!/SexatDawn.

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: Humans are promiscuous and polygamous by nature, new book by David Barash

Are homo-sapiens naturally monogamous or polygamous?

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About Viktor Leberecht 95 Articles
Viktor Leberecht is my pseudonym for my work as a free lance author. I work to ensure that the freedom to freely choose the form of marriage and family is recognised as a human right and that the voluntarily and knowingly entered-into polygamy is legalized as a form of marriage. You can find information about this on my website and my theses on polygamy and monogamy and much information can be found under the menu section polygamy. I am from Berlin in germany and is the english version of

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