Pair of studies look into how practice of monogamy evolved

07/30/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A pair of studies focusing on monogamy have come to different conclusions. Evolutionary biologists at the University of Cambridge in England found that species became monogamous because the females lived apart from the males, while researchers from University College in London said the practice came about so that males could protect their offspring from rivals. The studies, which used similar research methods, were published Monday in Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, respectively.

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